And Caye Caulker police are also investigating a stabbing. This one happened on Tuesday night on the island. 24 year old Aquiles Canche and 31 year old James Crawford got into a fight at 10:30 near the village cemetery - and a local resort. The dispute centered over a female Kathy Balam. She was reportedly hanging out and talking with Canche when Crawford who she has a relationship with came upon them and stabbed Canche in the back. Canche then stoned Crawford with a bottle of rum. But the bottle didn't even break, and Crawford continued to stab Canche 5 more times, twice in the back, once to his lower stomach, once in his arm pit, and once in the lower stomach.
Neighbors rushed Canche to the clinic but he was in bad shape, and at the height of the night, island Police had to find a boat to carry Canche to the KHMH. He received emergency surgery and is in stable condition. Police have not been able to get a statement from him.
They tracked down Crawford later that night at the south end of the island. He is detained pending directives from the DPP on charges.
Police had to close off the beachfront for one popular local resort while they waited for the scenes of crime team from Belize City - thus the jarring image of crime scene tape around sunbathing chairs. The stabbing happened right where the beachfront meets the pier.
An intensive search of the wider area turned up the alleged weapon, which is a 9 and a half inch kitchen knife. That was found in a bushy lot adjoining the cemetery.Channel 7