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Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead

Posted By: Marty

Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/28/15 06:27 PM

At 1:00pm, the body of 42 year old San Pedro taximan Jose Rigoberto Beltran was found inside his van, parked off the road near the San Juan Layout. He was allegedly shot once to the back of the head. Residents say they heard one shot at approximately 9:45am. and the body was found at around 10:00am. Police allegedly have two men detained, and are awaiting Scenes of Crime personnel to process the area. We'll have more in tonight's newscast.

Channel 7, click for photos

Belize Media Group has also received reports that Beltran was living in Las Flores in Belmopan before he moved to San Pedro with his two brothers and 2 nephews to work as a taxi driver.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/29/15 11:18 AM

Taxi driver murdered in broad daylight, his van was to be used in a robbery

Three men are in police custody following the daylight execution of a taxi operator in San Pedro Town, Ambergris, Belize. The victim is 42-year-old Jose Rigoberto Beltran, of an Escalante Area address. He was discovered sometime after 10AM on Tuesday April 28th, with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head inside his cab in a bushy alley at the end of Jewfish Street in the San Juan Area.

A neighbor in the area told The San Pedro Sun that shortly around 10AM, they heard a sound like a firecracker but did not see anything strange. The neighbors said that they still decided to call the police, since the station is just a few hundred feet away from the area. One neighbor said that while in the process of calling the police, they saw a dark-skinned male with a team of Coast Guard officials in the area. Despite the fact that he was bleeding from scrapes, Coast Guard officials released the person and it was not until further checks of the area that authorities discovered the van in the bushes.

By the time Scenes of Crime personnel got to process the area almost four hours later, family members of Beltran and colleagues from the various taxi associations on the island gathered in the area. According to the victim’s brother, Carlos Isais Beltran, they both spoke shortly after 9AM before the two left their home to do their usual taxi runs. “I know him as a hardworking person and we had a very good relationship. We are all in shock over this news. He was happy when he left home because he was sending some money for his children who are living in Belmopan. The family is all sad because we were never expecting news like this” said a very broken Carlos Beltran.

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Murdered Taximan Found Dead Inside His Own Vehicle
Residents in the area recall hearing a single gunshot and did not expect to hear the grim news of the body of 42-year-old San Pedro Taximan, Jose Rigoberto Beltran, found inside his own vehicle with one gunshot wound to the back of his head. After experiencing a decrease in criminal activity due to an increace in patrolling, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was shaken up once again on Tuesday, April 27, 2015. But as police conducted its investigations, the body of Beltran lay inside the taxi van well after 1p.m. parked lagoon-side, into some shrubberly off the road in the San Juan Area. The body of Beltran was discovered by a Coast Guard unit that was patrolling the lagoon, who were flagged down by a man who spotted the taxi van. The crime scene was just around the corner of the San Pedro Police Department and police believe that it is likely that Beltran was subdued, taken to that spot and killed. Police gained knowledge that the criminals needed his vehicle to conduct a robbery.

Posted By: BZ Bound

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/29/15 08:24 PM

It says it was the 7th murder in 2 1/2 days? That can't be right. Please tell me it's not.
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/29/15 10:20 PM

Originally Posted by BZ Bound
It says it was the 7th murder in 2 1/2 days? That can't be right. Please tell me it's not.


Not in San Pedro!!! This is a bad number that includes bar fights and things all over then country.
Sad, but NOT San Pedro.

Posted By: Shyboy

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 01:07 AM

disturbing.. but.. not a problem for you. Tourists have no problem.
Posted By: BZ Bound

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 01:51 PM

Damn. I worry that about the crime issues in San Pedro for sure, but I was hoping it hadn't taken that big of a turn. Does the crime issue seem to stay in the south or are the people from the south doing their dirty work up where the nicer parts are? I figure if they are looking to steal, they may choose to do so where the money is so to speak.
Posted By: Phil

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 02:21 PM

So I'm guessing your owned land isn't South or in Town?
Posted By: JZB

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 02:50 PM

removed comment
Posted By: BZ Bound

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 03:01 PM

I poorly worded that. I didn't mean to imply there's nothing nice on the south side as I know there definitely is. My piece of land is nothing to speak of at all. That being said, I believe the majority of the very rich tourists stay further up on the island and would think that would be a target for crime if thievery is the plan of the criminals. Therefore really damaging the image of the whole island for tourists. I hope that clears things up.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 03:15 PM

Speculating about crime without facts does nothing but hurt innocent people...
Posted By: RobertJ

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 06:26 PM

As much as I love Belize, it gives one pause....
Posted By: Phil

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 06:34 PM

Of course and that's not a bad thing. Pause. Gather solid information and you can make informed decisions rather than poor ones. Good lesson for life.

My fault for derailing so sorry. Perhaps we can stay on track out of respect for this man and his family.
Posted By: Decompression

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 07:13 PM

Originally Posted by BZ Bound
I poorly worded that. I didn't mean to imply there's nothing nice on the south side as I know there definitely is. My piece of land is nothing to speak of at all. That being said, I believe the majority of the very rich tourists stay further up on the island and would think that would be a target for crime if thievery is the plan of the criminals. Therefore really damaging the image of the whole island for tourists. I hope that clears things up.


Your opinion is slightly misinformed.
But we have all been there.
Crime can happen throughout all parts of the island. The severity doesn't seem to have boundaries.
Having said that, I personally would not steer a tourist or friend/relative from coming to AC..or Belize in general.

DC
Posted By: Chris

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 08:00 PM

The "Head in the Sand" attitude taken by certain people on this thread to such serious crimes is alarming. Look what happened here: Taxi Driver Jose clearly refused to allow his taxi/himself to be used for drug-related criminal activity. He was murdered for that reason. Now, what would have happened to, say, two tourists on bikes who stumbled across the deed or its immediate aftermath while the killers were still at the scene? These are vicious individuals beyond imagination, emotionless killers without remorse.

Now, get your heads out of the sand and demand better, MUCH better, from this government in terms of support (equipment, decent accommodations, pay, training) for the police, and demand a MUCH better educated and properly funded prosecuting department that can compete with the high powered defense lawyers/interfering politicians who always bail these scum out. Equally important quit implying that all is wine and roses on Ambergris Caye (7 Belize murders in 2 days but "only one on the island") because the reality is that this is a ticking time bomb ready to shatter the Ambergris Caye economy if tourists become victims.

Posted By: Welland

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 04/30/15 08:38 PM

Glad that someone from the Island is speaking up. I was accused of being a trouble maker for saying something. San Pedro is a beautiful place but it is not the place it once was.
Posted By: Shyboy

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 05/01/15 12:17 AM

Seems like some people think that terrible crimes in bad parts of "anywhere" is unusual. I think we should make " demands" that Chicago get better equipment, training and pay everybody more to stop their rampant murder problem. It's called street smarts: Ambergris Caye is no different... Don't do stupid things in stupid places. For crying out laud,. Santa Monica California is a very affluent place.. BUT ... walking your date on the sand at 2 AM is an invitation to get robbed and have your date raped in front of you. It's a shame... but.. it's reality.

As a newbie, I believe that the Government is well aware of what affect this has on the tourist trade and I believe they are trying real hard to deal with this.
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 05/01/15 01:15 AM

Shyboy
Your last sentence made it very clear that you are a 'newbie'. Yes, the governments is well aware of EVERYTHIG! No they are NOT trying real hard! I live here and I love living here but am disturbed about the corruption, useless shifting of blame and absolute inability to do anything meaningful about it.

I was talking to a person (born and raised here) who was trying to explain to me that it is 'all about family' here. You are red if you family was red, you are blue if your family was blue. You are whatever your ancestors were and your ancestors enemies are your enemies.
You protect (cover up) all family bad acts and get even with anyone who hurts anyone in your family. WHAT DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF?
Posted By: Shyboy

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 05/01/15 01:34 AM

Crips and the Bloods... All over the US.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 05/01/15 11:05 AM

Three men have been formally arraigned in San Pedro’s Magistrate’s Court for the murder of San Pedro Taximan Jose Rigoberto Beltran who was murdered in his vehicle on April 28, 2015. Luis Campos (23yrs), Mark Arzu (19yrs) and Santos Garcia (18yrs) have been charged with Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until their court date of June 13, 2015.

(photo courtesy of Channel 7 News Belize City)

Ambergris Today


Three men charged for the murder of Jose Rigoberto Beltran


From left to right: Campos, Arzu and Garcia

San Pedro Police have laid charges on three men for the murder of 42-year-old Jose Rigoberto Beltran. Following investigations after discovering Beltran’s body inside of his taxi vehicle, police detained three men believed to have orchestrated the murder. Those three men are 23-year-old Luis Campos, 19-year-old Mark Arzu and 18-year-old Santos Garcia who were jointly charged on Thursday, April 30th with one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Beltran was killed by a single gunshot wound on Tuesday, April 28th.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Posted By: Decompression

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 05/01/15 06:38 PM

Campos family....again.

DC
Posted By: Go South

Re: Taximan Jose Rigoberto found dead - 05/01/15 08:29 PM

We're these guys originally from Belize City?
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