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Oct 4, 2019

Another Home Invasion in San Lazaro Village, Woman is Attacked in her Bedroom

Tonight there is another home invasion to report in San Lazaro Village in the Orange Walk District. A woman was attacked while she rested in her bedroom, rendered unconscious and woke up on her kitchen floor. It happened on Thursday night and is one more frightening assault coming out of the village, leaving residents scared. Just four weeks ago, armed men barged into the home of a couple as they and their two-year old son slept. Then two weeks ago, in neighbouring Trinidad Village, two business establishments were robbed at gunpoint. But the home invasion has prompted leaders in San Lazaro Village to take action to create a neighbourhood watch. Our news team visited the village once more where they spoke with the recent victim who recounted her horrific ordeal. Here is Dalila Ical.

 

Dalila Ical, Reporting

Yari Carballo was alone in her house early Thursday night. There was a power outage so she decided to rest in her bedroom, leaving the front door secured. The back door, however, remained open.

 

Yari Carballo

Yari Carballo, Victim [Translated]

“My husband had just left. He went to my mom with my daughters. Well, it’s a habit of mine to just go lay down. I went to lay down on the bed for a bit. I was on my side and the power went off. Moments after the power went off I felt someone held me hard like this on my nose. They covered it with force. From that point I don’t recall anything else. When I came to, I was stretched here by my stove. I was there and I felt like I want to get up but i couldn’t. I was very nauseous.”

 

The lights were on. Carballo crawled to the back door and began calling her sister-in law Elisa Dominguez who lives a few feet away.

 

Elisa Dominguez

Elisa Dominguez, Sister-in-law [Translated]

“Suddenly I hear her calling me, she was shouting for me. And I have this habit that when she calls me and I see her crying it means something happened to my little brother but she said no, it’s me. I asked her what happened and she said ‘I don’t know, they hit me’. And I called for my husband to come. Come see, i told him, it’s Yari. When he was coming over, her husband and daughters were also coming home because they had left her home alone, she was alone.”

 

Neighbours came out and moments after a group formed to sweep the neighbourhood.

 

Elisa Dominguez [Translated]

“They went all around the fence, so much so that a neighbour said that two persons were in a house over there. And everyone went with sticks, machetes, whatever they found, they went there. And when they got there it turned out to be a van that was parked by the road side. At that moment the police arrived and followed it but we do not know what happened with the van. We don’t know anything else. We don’t’ know anything about the assailants.”

 

The family suspects that the incident played out in just a few minutes, but they are still trying to understand how no one was able to hear or see much.

 

Elisa Dominguez [Translated]

“The light went off and on, off and on, three times. We did not hear any sound, the dogs did not bark. It was very strange to us because the dogs are dogs that if one cat passes by they will bark, but we did not hear anything. All the neighbours, we were all up at that hour. It was early, seven-thirty or a quarter to eight. The neighbour’s children were there playing, my children over there as well, like i said, everywhere was open, so we don’t know what exactly happened, exactly what time but it was when the power went off. That’s when it happened.”

 

Dalila Ical

“And that is around seven-thirty?”

 

Elisa Dominguez

“Seven-thirty, seven-thrity in the night.”

 

Dalila Ical

“So you do not believe they took long in the house?”

 

Elisa Dominguez

“The way she explained it, it did not take long. This happened like from seven-thirty to a quarter to eight. They did not take long.”

 

Carballo was taken to the hospital for a check-up. Today she was back home and is slowly recovering.

 

Yari Carballo [Translated]

“My whole body hurts, I can’t bear it. I don’t know if they kicked me but my entire body aches. I was not like this.”

 

Dalila Ical

“And you did not manage to see anyone?”

 

Yari Carballo

“I did not see anyone.”

 

Carballo recalls very little of what happened, but despite the horrific experience, she says she is thankful it all happened the way it did.

 

Yari Carballo [Translated]

“I don’t know how I got there. I don’t know why, I don’t know why they did it to me. I’m thankful it happened to me and not my daughters.”

 

After making checks, it appears that whoever entered the house did not leave with much.

 

Yari Carballo [Translated]

“They took my baby’s tablet and my money from the drawer.”

 

Dalila Ical

“Was it a lot?”

 

Yari Carballo

“No, I had about seventy-five dollars in the drawer.”

 

Dalila Ical

“Do you think, since your husband is the Chairman of the Water Board, that they possibly thought you had money here in the house. Do you have any suspicions why?”

 

Yari Carballo

“I don’t know. Right now there are many (people) doing bad things. I don’t know if they thought we have money here in the house. My husband just bears the name because others are in charge of that.” 

 

Dominguez said that this and similar incidents that happened recently in the village and at neighbouring Trinidad Village have left the entire community on edge.

 

Elisa Dominguez [Translated]

“We need to be more careful now.”

 

Dalila Ical

“Now you fear for the safety of people, of family now, no?”

 

Elisa Domiguez

“Very, very, very much.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Dalila Ical.


Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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