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Jan 4, 2018

Vellos Attackers Got Away by Haulover Creek; 1 Sought

Jermain Vellos

The Foreman and Vellos families are still reeling from the deadly attack on their loved ones on Tuesday night in Belize City.  Husband and wife couple Jermain and Stephanie Vellos returned to their home on Doris Bishop Street sometime before eight o’clock that night, only to be ambushed by a pair of killers.  The hit men reportedly called out for Stephanie’s brother and when they were told that he was not there, they opened fire.  Jermain Vellos, who was visiting from New York, was struck multiple times to the body and died on the spot.  His wife was injured to the hand and thigh and has since been treated and released.  The assault on the family is presumed to be in retaliation for the New Year’s Day murder of Leon Garcia.  This morning, Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo confirmed that the men made good their escape by using the nearby Haulover Creek.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Police responded to a shooting incident at about 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, January second, 2018 at Doris Bishop Street.  Upon arrival they visited an elevated house, a white in color elevated house where on the steps they saw the motionless body of a male person who was identified as that of Jermain Ryan Vellos.  Police were able to observe that he has multiple gunshot wounds to the body and also, information was received that a female was at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with gunshot injuries.  Her name was learned to be Stephanie Vellos.  She had received a gunshot injury to the right hand and the right thigh.  She has been treated and discharged from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Also on the scene, police found several expended shells.  The scene was processed and the family, up to now we have been in contact with them and we are getting cooperation from the family.  The police at this moment are seeking a person for questioning and we are looking at the surveillance camera in the area to see how they can assist us.”



“Might this be seen, and it seems that people came on the waterway, on the river, to kill him, might it be seen as retaliation or as a part of the ongoing rivalry between Victoria Street and Pinks Alley?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“So far the investigation has shown certain things that we cannot divulge at this moment.  However, yes we are of the opinion that it could possibly be a mistaken identity that led to the tragic death of Mr. Vellos.”



“As far as you all are aware, did the persons, did the killers indeed come on the river and are there any clues, were there any surveillance cameras that may have picked them up, anything like that?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Based on the investigation and the canvassing of the area, yes we were able to establish that they came from the riverside and they were hiding behind some bushes.  The police found some exhibits yesterday in that area as well that the persons were using.”



“Now, do you all have any suspects in mind?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“We are looking for a person in particular at this very moment.”

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1 Response for “Vellos Attackers Got Away by Haulover Creek; 1 Sought”

  1. Marwaione says:

    Common sense, don’t share the same house with criminals and gangsta because the rivals will come looking for anyone inside the house. Family members, don’t encourage these people in there stupidness, your life is worth more than theirs.

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