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Jan 20, 2023

ComPol Williams Clears Up Rumors Surrounding Vidal Footage

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has come forward to dismiss conjecture surrounding the incident on January fourteenth during which former Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal visited a small business in the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan, requesting surveillance footage from that premises.  In the wake of surveillance footage being released of the brief encounter, several theories were suggested, including the notion that the former Operations Commander was there to intimidate the proprietor of the business.  It was also rumored that the location that was visited is home to the only surviving victim of the deadly New Year’s Eve shooting.  This afternoon, the top cop began by dispelling those speculations.  Here’s what ComPol Williams shared.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Let me start off first by the surveillance footage that was in circulation prior, which depicts Mr. Vidal and two other individuals visiting the store.  Following that, we heard a number of speculations and the police were looking for Mr. Vidal to question him further in respect to the video footage that we saw.  The other gentlemen who were in that video footage with him were detained by the police that same day and were subsequently interviewed.  The storeowner, likewise, was interviewed by the police, but let me say that there was no cooperation from the storeowner in terms of giving the police any useful information.  And then rumors began to circulate that this storeowner was an essential witness in the Ramnarace brothers, Vivian Belisle triple murder.  Let me dispel that right away because the truth is, those people at that store are no witness in either the Williams murder or the Ramnarace murder.  Then, rumors again was that that was the home where the only surviving victim resides and that the surviving victim was being threatened.  Again, I can dispel that.  That surviving victim does not live at that residence.”

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