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Jul 22, 2013

Mayan King Employee chopped to death

Isaac Gutierrez

And even as they launch a manhunt for the missing siblings, Police are also investigating the murder of a Guatemalan national yesterday evening. Isaac Gutierrez, an employee of Mayan King in Southern Belize, was viciously chopped across the neck, allegedly by another employee, in his home on the Mayan King workers’ compound. Police believe that twenty-six year old Belizean Jose Araldo Soto is the man who walked into Gutierrez’s home and chopped him, reportedly during an altercation. While there is no ironclad motive at this time, it is suspected that the altercation involved the step-daughter of Gutierrez, a sixteen year old pregnant minor, who is in a relationship with Soto. Yencen Mendoza works with both Gutierrez and Soto at Mayan King, and he was the man called to take Gutierrez to the hospital when his bleeding body was discovered by neighbours.


Yencen Mendoza, Transported Gutierrez to Hospital

“This group of people were crying and they were frightened about someone went in a house and chopped someone with machete. The people were talking so I went by the house and I saw this guy came and opened the door, he went inside. He was shouting and saying that Mister Isaac got chopped on his neck and he was bleeding to death. So he said he wants someone to take him to the hospital. I saw him facing, lying up. And I saw a big open wound in his throat; probably about that open and this guy was still breathing. He was breathing and talking.”


Mike Rudon

“Was he talking to you? He recognized you? Could you tell us what he said?”


Yencen Mendoza

Yencen Mendoza

“All I know what he said in Spanish. All he said was “Chingaron con el tigre.” That’s what he said. It means you messed with the tiger. So I asked for assistance with some guys and they helped me put him in the truck and I took him to the hospital, to the Dangriga hospital. When I reached at the hospital it was already dark. I think it was probably between the hours of six-thirty and seven. The people that lives beside says that it was a person that worked there. It’s this guy that lives probably like twenty foot from my house and this guy works with the company. And they are saying that this guy did it…that he went in and chopped this man and that he took off on his cycle. Thats all I know.”


Gutierrez was pronounced dead at around eleven thirty Sunday night. This afternoon the Police were interviewing his wife and daughter to try and get some answers. Soto is currently being sought as the main suspect in the murder.

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