Police in San Pedro Town are faced with a second murder in less than a week after a stabbing left Leonel Pinelo dead over the weekend.
Jorge Aldana reporting….
“Investigations are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the fatal stabbing of 24 year old Leonel Pinelo. The incident occurred shortly around midnight on Friday on Lagoon Drive in the Boca del Rio Area of San Pedro Town. According to San Pedro Police, sometime around 9:30 on Friday night, they were called to scene of a fight at the Los Compadres Bar located at the corner of Conch Shell Street and Lagoon Drive. Police source say that they managed to calm the fight and the crowd was asked to disburse. About 3 hours later, sometime between 11:30 PM and midnight Friday, they were called once more to the Boca del Rio area, this time to an area in front of Rainbow Star Bar on Lagoon Drive where a fight had occurred between two groups of people, some of whom were involved in the first fight at Los Compadres Bar. Moments later, they visited a private clinic where they say Pinelo suffering from a single stab wound to his left upper rib cage. Pinelo was transported to the KHMH in a critical condition where he died while undergoing treatment. Initial investigation reveals that shortly after the first fight, Pinelo went to the down town area of San Pedro where he met 3 of his friends on a golf cart. All four decided to return to Los Compadres Bar, apparently to look for Pinelo’s attackers. Police say that while Pinelo and 3 other friends were on their way on Lagoon Drive, they saw 3 men standing in front of Rainbow Star Bar one of whom threw a bottle at the moving cart hitting one of the passengers. At that point, the driver of the cart stopped and reversed and approached the 3 men. Unaware that another 4 men were along with the 3, the crowd on the cart allegedly started an argument after which a fight started. As a result of the group fight, Pinelo received a single stabbed wound after which he was rushed to a private clinic on the island. Diligent police investigation over the weekend, led to the detention of 7 men, all residents of San Pedro Town. Two of the men were released on Monday morning. Police source say that some of the men have been cooperating with police’s investigation and charges should soon follow. The group may be jointly charged for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Pinelo, who is originally from Benque Viejo del Carmen Town, is known to San Pedro Police and just last week was charged for being in possession of a bladed object after he was searched and police found a knife on him.