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Dec 11, 2019

Succotz Villager Says Armed Guatemalan Bandits Stole His Truck

A man and his family say that they are lucky to be alive after they were targeted by three armed men.  The Chi family was at home last week Saturday when the criminals forced their way into their home in the village of Succotz.  They made threats and got away with the family truck.  Today, a fearful Alvin Chi recounted the terrifying ordeal and says that he now fears for his life. Reporter Andrea Polanco was in west today and tells us more about Chi’s frightening encounter with the armed bandits who are believed to be Guatemalans.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Last week Saturday, thirty-six-year-old Alvin Chi was at home just after eight in the night when he was robbed of his pickup truck at gunpoint. He lives on the edge of San Jose Succotz – an area surrounded by bushes. He recounts the frightening ordeal when three armed men entered his home. Fearing for his life, Chi handed over the keys to his white Tacoma Pick-up truck and he begged the thieves not to hurt his family.

 

Voice of: Alvin Chi, San Jose Succotz Resident

“As I stepped out the room, I saw one man with a gun pointing to my wife and as that happened I saw another person jumped through the window. This person came inside the house with a gun and he opened the door and a third person came in.   I saw the person that was outside come in and was about to shoot. My reaction was to get the car keys and just give it to them. In the process, the person that was outside, by that time two of them had gun to my head – one on the side and one on the front. I told them to just take the vehicle and don’t hurt my family.”

 

Although Chi cooperated, the thieves tied him up and threatened him before they left. He believes he is still alive today because he cooperated with them. The bandits, according to Chi, are Guatemalans. He says they have taken his truck across the border, by way of the Arenal Road.

 

Voice of: Alvin Chi

“They had some straps for us – two straps. They put my wife to lay on the floor and they did the same to me.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, they took only your vehicle?”

 

Voice of: Alvin Chi

“Yes, only my vehicle.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Did they demand anything else, any money, anything at all?”

 

Voice of: Alvin Chi

“No. They were only clear that if I spoke to the police or it appears on Facebook that they will come back and kill my whole family.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Did these persons speak to you in English or Spanish?”

 

Voice of: Alvin Chi

“It was in Spanish because I know very well how we Belizeans speak in Spanish and how Guatemalans speak.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you believe that these men are from across the border?”

 

Voice of: Alvin Chi

“Yes, because of their accent.  I willingly gave the keys and even tell the guys that the truck had a three-quarter of the tank full and it was in good condition because at some point they told me that if the truck is not good that they will come back and kill me. So, I pretty much say that because I didn’t refuse is pretty much why we are still alive.”

 

According to Chi, his neighbours saw the bandits in the village before they robbed him and calls were made but the cops showed up almost an hour after the robbery. Now he is in fear for his family’s safety.

 

Voice of: Alvin Chi

“I am really afraid. I just don’t know how I will manage because I asked for police assistance for some safety but according to police they don’t have enough staff so they can’t provide safety. So, I am trying to work things by my own self.”

 

Chi and his family are still shaken up but thankful that they weren’t killed – and now the loss of his vehicle is affecting his livelihood.

 

Voice of: Alvin Chi

“I am very happy that none of my family members were hurt – but the material-wise, because I do furniture that truck is like one of my tools which I don’t have now. So, I have lost three jobs because of no transportation.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


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