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Nov 2, 2009

Masked men invade home of 81 year old retiree

Story PictureA retired woman who shuttles between New York and Belize, got a shocking welcome when she came back home over the weekend. The woman arrived on Saturday and that same night two armed masked men invaded her Ladyville home. One held up her nephew and the other placed a knife at her throat. When they left they took cash and assorted items valued at over five thousand dollars. News Five’s Jose Sanchez headed to Ladyville and has a report of the terrifying ordeal.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting
There have been a number of home invasions in the Belize district in the past months. According to the police, the latest incident occurred on Saturday evening.

Corporal Glenford Gonzalez, Ladyville Police
“Mr. Tennyson was reporting that his residence, where he resides with his aunt Catherine Lewis, situated at nine and a quarter miles Ladyville Village was invaded by two male persons of male of Creole descent.”

Jose Sanchez
“Were they armed? Did they have masks on?”

Corporal Glenford Gonzalez
“Yes, both of them had masks on. One had a green shirt tied around his face, one had a white shirt tied around his face and both of them had knives in their hands.”

Eighty-one year old Catherine Lewis Green had just arrived in the country on Saturday evening. After entering the premises at five-thirty, she told her nephew to go lock the gate, and that was when he was accosted by a masked man.

Catherine Green, Victim of Home Invasion
“He said we were coming up. By the time he said that these two men were at the bedroom door. Then they stepped inside and one hold me because I was sitting on a chair and start taping up my neck. He put a sharp tool at my head and at my neck and he said don’t make a noise, don’t scream because I will kill you. So then I said so where’s my nephew? The other one took my nephew out the room completely. He said it’s money I want and he insisted and he keep taping, taping and he said to the other guy push her in the bathroom and lock her up. I said no, I’m not staying in there. So he pushed me in there and then I pushed the door and I came out with my hand tied all around my back, my chest. I managed to pull one hand out but then I couldn’t get—because it isn’t tape that you can really tear. And when I looked I saw my nephew stumped over the stairs and I walked down the stairs and I asked him, I said what happened? He was crying. He said is there any wound on my back or my throat? And I just lift his shirt and said come and I helped him up and I went back to my room because I really wasn’t feeling—I couldn’t expect it and this is daylight.”

According to Corporal Glenford Gonzalez, who is attached to the Ladyville Police Sub-Formation, residents need to be more vigilant of their neighborhood.

Corporal Glenford Gonzalez
“We are very much concerned about aggravated burglary, home invasions because it’s happening a lot. We are stepping up our patrols now especially for the Christmas season. This is the time that a lot of these crimes are occurring in Belize on a whole.”

Jose Sanchez
“What can people do to keep themselves protected at home?”

Corporal Glenford Gonzalez
“We need to be cognizant, have lights on in the house, music on, lights on, TV on, inform your neighbor that you are not home to keep an eye out for you.”

Catherine Green
“The police need to make more tours around the area because this is an isolated house as you see it. So neighboring watch around here, I don’t know.”

Jose Sanchez
“Will you stay a while or go back to the states?”

Catherine Green
“I’m not running away from Belize; this is the place I born and grow and all my investments is here. Why should I run away? Its just that you need protection you know.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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