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Dec 8, 2011

Extortion Threat; Urbina Family flees country

Becky & Rosendo Urbina Jr.

On Sunday night, armed men held up at gun point Orange Walk businessman, Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina Junior and his wife Becky as they were leaving their secluded house in the Honey Camp area. The couple and immediate family members have since fled the country to the United States. It’s a major story because Chendo is the son of the former Ambassador to Mexico, Chendo Urbina Senior, who is also an aspiring U.D.P. candidate. The Urbina’s were not the only ones that were assaulted by the gunmen; the wife of the security guard was also held up. News Five’s Isani Cayetano headed north today and has details of the compound where the incident happened.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The sprawling ten-acre estate, home to Chendo and Becky Urbina, overlooks a quiet body of water known to few residents in this area as Honey Camp Lagoon.  The entire perimeter of land is fortified by a cement wall with huge wrought iron gates that serve as both entrance and exit to the compound.  The property is very remote, located approximately eight miles east of the San Estevan Road near the outskirts of Orange Walk Town.  On Sunday evening at dusk the couple, as well as the help, was ambushed outside of the gate by a heavily armed team of bandits as they were about to leave the premises.

Miguel Segura

Miguel Segura, Head of CIB

“A group of people wearing camouflages and masked approached them and theyheld onto his wife as he was opening the gate and then they held onto Chendo Jr. and they put them facing the wall and there was a series of interrogations.”

The men, as News Five has come to understand, were looking for Aldo Urbina, the younger sibling of Chendo Jr.  The team of six purportedly claimed to be members of the Zetas, an infamous Mexican drug gang with tentacles reaching as far south as Corozal and Orange Walk.  It is still unclear however, whether they were indeed members of that cartel.

Miguel Segura

“We know for a fact they have Belizean connections.  We know that for a fact Orange Walk District has some people who with foreign accents working in the cane fields and these people link up.  That has been an MO way from the past that we have known of certain individuals in Orange Walk that use to bring their own relatives from outside, commit something and go back.  So the accents [suggest that they may be] but it’s also with some Belizean support.”

Doug Singh

While police say that additional security measures have been put in place our observation today was that the property’s lone watchman is the only guard on duty.  The Urbinas, proprietors of the countrywide chain of A&R department stores, have since fled the country for fear of their lives.

Doug Singh, Minister of Police

“The family has chosen, has made the decision to leave the country as this investigation unfolds.  It is something that they feel that their family’s security and safety is of course their primary concern and we respect that.  We’ve been trying to respect the wishes of the family as we do this investigation.  It’s at a point now that they feel absolutely intimidated and they feel that this is the best avenue for them.”

On the night of the incident, the caretaker’s vehicle, this maroon Toyota Forerunner, was commandeered by the assailants who used it to flee the scene.

Miguel Segura

“Eventually they searched the watchman’s premises; they even took a vehicle from there that they eventually used to escape. That vehicle was later recovered the other day on one of the feeder roads. At the time a phone number was requested from Chendo Urbina whereby he was told that they wanted an X amount of money by a certain time.”

That ransom was never met.  Instead the authorities were notified and an intensive investigation has since been launched.

Doug Singh

“We’re not going to stop at this.  We’re going to do all we can.  If this kind of an operation succeeds in Belize it will only mean that more will happen.  It means that we are all vulnerable so what we want to do is ensure that anybody out there who experience any of this kind of threat, to ensure that you get all the information that you possibly can, you visit the police with all the time, all the information, recorded conversation if you can so that we can use this in our investigation.  It is absolutely important.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

Investigations continue and so far police are looking for numerous suspects.

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17 Responses for “Extortion Threat; Urbina Family flees country”

  1. Joe McGuire says:

    Is it just me or does this story sound like there missing an important part, the Zetas don’t want you unless you loose something of theirs, perhaps over 100 pounds of something?

  2. from the west says:

    So a lot of drugs get confiscated in the north, then the Zetas come and harrass a politician, but leave without any money. This looks suspicious from a distance.

  3. Jacob says:

    What is Belize becoming to when you are not even safe in your own house compound

  4. Christine Garcia says:

    I wonder if it was other belizeans being extorted if GOB would have allowed them to leave the country. Especially if investigations are still pending. There must be something bigger to this whole situation. Some kind of drug transaction must have happened.

  5. Joe says:

    What has our once safe Belize come to now when you are not even secure within the confines of your own home

  6. mark anthony says:

    mein we’re really missing the essence of what is really going on here. since when did drugs became a legal and MORAL way of earning an honest living? why is everyone so caught-up in always wanting more and more and more until we choke, and im not sure if when you guys get into this thing, do you realize that your whole family and your life will always be exposed to danger even death, cause thats what this so-called busineess does for you. lets take back our country starting with the man in the mirror and be more GOD FEARING, be more courteous be an honest bread-earner and leave this DAMN WHITE WOMAN ALONE, how could you call yourself a hard-working man and killing out your own brothers and sisters, dont you people have a heart. and we all want to know what went on with our “SWEET OLE BELIZE”

  7. deedee says:

    Last week officers took hold of a vehicle that was transporting cocaine at the Belize/Guatemala border, a few days later this individual, his wife & others were held up by criminals demanding money. Now he’s fled with family in fear of their lives, could it be that he was apart of this shipment operation that went wrong in which somebody loss a whole lot of money??????

  8. mark anthony says:

    we belizeans gone mad or something, what happen, cant we seem to earn an honest living anymore, we’re mssing the real essence here, drugs are illeagal any where in the world, when you get involve, you put your whole family life at risk, well we dont even have to think about yourself because the only way out is in a cascette leaving our families in mourning, leave this damn thing alone, why are we sooo greeedy and dont work for an honest living anymore, think about our values, our morals, our scruples, take a look in the imirror and take a stand and leave this damn thing alone, maybe then, just then, will we start to re-enjopy our beautiful country BELIZE

  9. citizen concern says:

    sorry but this looks like drug cartel ralated

  10. Elgin Martinez says:

    Why didn’t the DEA held Urbina?Instead they provide a safe heaven for him.

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  12. Beautifulpempem says:

    The rich them always greedy!!!them neva get enough!!!Its obvious that they are dealing with drugs!!!And they let them go to theUS..what a bunch of corrupt government !!!They should be questioning the Urbinas..!!!There is something totally wrong with this story too many missing links!!

  13. CONSPIRACY! says:

    Maybe the other families involved in the trafficking didn’t like someone else getting rich.

  14. Darlene says:

    Ok, am I missing something why is he in politic, if he is the son of a former Ambassador of Mexico. Is he a Mexican or a Belizean? Because if you not a natural citizen of any country I dont think you should be running for office for anything. This is all about drugs to say the least. Hate to say it but Belizean need to be careful with who they put in office.

  15. Louisville,Ky says:

    Before we start running our mouths and prove to be all ignorant, we need to use a little bit of common sense here. Do not think for one moment that the DEA does not know all about who is doing what in Belize. If the Orbinas are involved in drug trafficing, the US would be the last place on planet earth that they would want to run for safety. At the best, they would be persona non grata and at the worst they would be staring at some lenghty prison sentences.
    Think before you ink, people!!……”It is better to remain silent and be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

  16. Somebody says:

    If your family is held at gunpoint and then they ask you to give you lets say half a million dollors or they will kill all your family. Would you sit down on your @$$ and wait for them to come get you?

  17. rambo says:

    all you mother !***** takk $#!% and would love to enjoy the money but you cant cause yo dont have the balls to even think of doing that kind of work but I’m sure your going to talk $#!% back cause thats all you !@#$% @$$ …… can do stupid !@#$% Belize is run by drugs and when that stop all you mother !@#$% would die from hunger

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