Family Says Wanted Westby Captured In Mexico, Cops Clueless
Last week Friday, news broke in Belize that a man wanted for a San Pedro murder had been found in Mexico. Vildo Westby - who is wanted for killing 44 year old Islander Felix Ayuso in February, was reportedly captured in Mexico on the strength of an Interpol Alert from Belize.
The San Pedro Sun quotes Ayuso's family as saying that they got a tip from someone in Las Choapas, Mexico near Veracruz to say that he was hiding out. Family members tell the Sun they travelled there "which led to the successful apprehension of Westby," and that a $13,000 reward had been given to the person that tipped them off.
So far, so good - meaning the only question left is when he would be deported to Belize. But today the police told us they have had no official confirmation that he has been caught:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB
"We have been communicating with Interpol Mexico. We know that we have shared a wanted poster with him and a warrant for his arrest, however, we have not established or confirmed yet from them that if indeed he has been arrested there. We have heard rumors that he was detained somewhere in Mexico, but we are waiting for confirmation from Interpol Mexico to verify that information with us."
"So no confirmation as yet?"
ASP Alejandro Cowo
"No confirmation as yet. It's just a rumor that we have been hearing."
The family told the San Pedro Sun that Westby has been processed for immediate deportation to Belize where he will face murder charges from the San Pedro Police Department. Cowo would only say that in the event of his return, they would want to question him.
Has Vildo Westby Been Captured? Police Await Confirmation
On Friday, we reported that an arrest had been made by Mexican authorities in connection with the brutal slaying of San Pedro resident Felix Ayuso back in February. While Vildo Westby has been on the lam from the Belize Police Department since that incident over six months ago, details of his detention in Los Choapas, Veracruz, Mexico are yet to be confirmed. That’s because local authorities say that despite an all-points bulletin being issued for Westby’s arrest, they are still awaiting word from Interpol to verify the facts of the report.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division
“I know that he is a suspect for that murder there. We have been communicating with Interpol Mexico. We know that we have shared a wanted poster with him and a warrant for his arrest, however, we have not established or confirmed yet from them that if indeed he has been arrested there. We have heard rumors that he was detained somewhere in Mexico, but we are waiting for confirmation from Interpol Mexico to verify that information with us.”
“So no confirmation as yet?”
ASP Alejandro Cowo
“No confirmation as yet. It’s just a rumor that we have been hearing.”
Ayuso’s family in San Pedro notified Ambergris Today that had received an anonymous tip informing that Westby was reportedly living and working in Los Choapas. The family journeyed to that location where they purportedly found the suspect working as a baker under the assumed name Alejandro Lorenzo Cruz. With assistance from Mexican police, they were said to have apprehended Westby on Thursday. Again, the Belize Police Department is awaiting confirmation on this report.