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Jul 1, 2019

Christian Espat Released Without Charges

Well-known street figure in San Pedro Town, twenty-three-year-old Christian Espat, has been released by police on the island. On Friday, Espat handed himself over to police in the company of his attorney Leeroy Banner. He was being sought for questioning in the double murder of popular tour guide Mario Graniel and prominent U.S. doctor Gary Swank. Both men were fatally shot on June twenty-third while they were fly-fishing a mile west of the town. Investigators say that while Swank was a victim of circumstance, Graniel may have been killed due to a misunderstanding with one of the island’s notorious gangsters. Espat, claiming innocence, handed himself over after a wanted poster of him began circulating on social media. As ACP Joseph Myvett explains, while Espat has been released from custody, progress in the investigation continues to be made.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“The police had over the past few days detained and interviewed several persons. We were looking for one specific person who we believe can assist us in the investigation. That person came into police custody Friday last where he was interviewed in the presence of his attorney. Certain information was taken from him. There was not sufficient evidence to detain otherwise so he was released. Subsequently on Saturday the home of one of those persons who the police was seeking was also searched. His vessel was impounded for processing and he is in police custody as this point in time in the ongoing investigation. I would not go into the details other to say that the investigation is progressing and certain evidence have been have from some of those leads.”

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