An off duty female US Coast Guard officer was stabbed on San Pedro Thursday night. 25 year old Jennifer Smith was on vacation in Belize and spend her time on the island. She was walking near Ramon's Village Resort when a Hispanic man approached her and asked for $20. When she refused the man stabbed her in the back of her neck. Smith was rushed to the KHMH where she got an MRI. She has been flown back to the US. Today, at another event we asked US Ambassador Carlos Moreno about what they are doing to assist Smith.
Carlos Moreno, US Ambassador
"I just learnt about that this morning when you probably learnt about it. My understanding is that the off-duty tourist who is a female signed to the United States Coast Guard on vacation I presumed was stabbed sometime early Friday morning or Thursday night in San Pedro. I just been aware of it. My consular section is attending to the matter as well as our MLO office to check on her condition."
Police have several persons detained in connection with this incident.
American Coast Guard gravely injured while vacationing on Ambergris Caye
A 26-year-old American Coast Guard was gravely injured while vacationing in Ambergris Caye. The victim of the incident was Jennifer Smith who was stabbed while walking the beach back to her hotel on Thursday, December 10th shortly before midnight. Since her the attack, Smith has been transported to the United States of America for further medical attention as her injures are considered life threatening. San Pedro Police have launched a full investigation and are seeking a Hispanic male in connection to the assault.
On Friday, December 11th, Deputy Coastal Executive Officer, Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott indicated to The San Pedro Sun that the incident was a robbery assault. He further stated that upon hearing of the incident, police visited the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where they found Smith suffering from two stab wounds; one to the back of the head and another to her back close to her spinal cord. After receiving immediate medical treatment, the victim was airlifted to Belize City for intense medical care at Belize Medical Partners Clinic. It was not until Friday after 2PM that Smith was responsive enough to give a detailed account of the attack to the police.
“The victim reported that while walking to her hotel near the center of San Pedro Town, she was approached by a Hispanic male who asked her for $20. Smith denied him the request and as a result he proceeded to stab her twice with a knife. The attacker then escaped the scene,” said Jemmott. Immediately after giving the police report, Smith was airlifted out of Belize to the USA due to her critical condition.
Investigations into the incident have commenced but police still have no suspects. Anyone with further information into the matter are asked to contact the San Pedro Police Department at 206-2022.
San Pedro Sun
Female U.S. Coast Guard Brutally Attacked in San Pedro
A US Coast Guard Officer is reportedly in critical condition after she was stabbed three times on the beach in San Pedro. Twenty-six year old Jennifer Smith, reportedly on vacation on the island, was walking back to her room at the popular Ramon’s Reef Resort at around midnight on Thursday when she was attacked and seriously wounded. Smith had turned down a request for money from her attacker, who became enraged and stabbed her multiple times. Investigators scoured the area today for answers which would lead them to the perpetrator. Late this evening, San Pedro Deputy Commander, Inspector Henry Jemott gave us an update.
On the Phone: Insp. Henry Jemott, Deputy O.C., San Pedro Police
“There was a report of a stabbing incident. Police responded to an area on the beach where Ramon’s Resort where they saw a Caucasian female bleeding profusely from her neck, head and her back. Police quickly assisted the female in escorting her to the polyclinic. Initial investigation into the matter, the female who is Miss Jennifer Smith, a U.S. Coastguard member, was walking on the beach heading to her resort which is Ramon’s Village when she was stopped by a Hispanic male person who asked her for money. She refused and continued continued walking and it appears the person then attacked her and inflicted the wounds to her. She is presently in Belize City…she was escorted off the island to Belize City vis tropic air and is at Belize Healthcare Partners being treated. A statement has been recorded from her. We have gone into the area and we are presently getting footage to try and see who is the culprit who attacked this female.’
“So there is nobody detained at this time?”
On the Phone: Insp. Henry Jemott
“No there is nobody detained at this time.”
“Was she able to speak with police and at least provide an identification of her attacker?”
On the Phone: Insp. Henry Jemott
Military Liaison Office of U.S. Embassy Investigates Stabbing Incident
The United States Embassy in Belize is reaching out to the injured naval officer. While details of the near-fatal attack were sparse this morning, Ambassador Carlos Moreno told the media that the Military Liaison Office is looking into the incident.
Carlos Moreno, U.S. Ambassador
“I just learned about that this morning when you probably learned about it. My understanding is that an off duty tourist, who is a female assigned to the United States Coast Guard, on vacation I presume, was stabbed sometime earlier Friday morning or Thursday night in San Pedro. We’ve just been made aware of it; our consular section is attending to the matter, as well as our MLO [Military Liaison Office] to check on her condition.”
A tourist was stabbed in an attempted robbery in front of the Palms Thursday night at around 11:30pm. If you were in that area, even on Coconut Drive by Ramon's, Runway or Ali Baba's and you saw anything out of the ordinary please contact the police. This much is second hand: the tourist is in stable condition in Belize City after being flown off the island.