out as a crime of burglary ended in murder charges last week, and left a
25-year-old San Pedro resident dead and three others badly
According to the San
Pedro police, Daniel Lekas, a US national living across the lagoon on the far
west side of Ambergris Caye, reported that on the evening of Tuesday, July
15th, 2003, at approximately
10:30 p.m., while he and his wife Sarah were asleep in their house, they heard a
noise and saw two male persons entering their residence through a window. One of
the intruders was armed with a handgun, the other with a knife; and both were
wearing nylon stockings over their heads. Once inside the house, the intruders
ordered the couple to the floor and demanded money.
Two brothers who worked for the couple, Garson Swazo and Kenneth Swazo, were
sleeping in another room. Upon hearing the commotion, the brothers went to
investigate and a dispute resulted between the intruders and the two young men.
During the struggle, Kenneth Swazo was shot twice, once in the head and once in
the chest; he was later pronounced dead at the scene. Following the shooting,
one of the intruders made his escape. Meanwhile, Daniel Lekas was able to jump
from his porch to run for help, while his wife Sarah stayed in the corridor. It
was at this time that the second intruder made his escape.
After both of the intruders were gone, the three
victims were able to regroup. After waiting a short time to make certain they
were safe from harm, they traveled to the San Pedro Police Station to make a
report, leaving the body inside the house. San Pedro police immediately
proceeded to the crime scene, secured the house, and preserved the crime scene.
The next morning, following an investigation by crime scene and forensic
personnel, the body of Kenneth Swazo was removed and taken to Belize City to
await a post mortem examination.
Returning from the
scene, SP Police Sergeant James Moreira dispatched officers to search the San
Juan Area of San Pedro Town where it was reported that persons fitting the
description of the intruders were seen. More than fifteen suspects were then
taken to the SP police station for
As a result, on Wednesday, July
16th, 2003, Nathaniel Forman,
23, resident of Belize City and Alexandro Edwards, 18, resident of San Pedro
Town, were both arrested and charged with the crimes of murder, conspiracy to
commit burglary and aggravated burglary. The two men were remanded to
Hattieville Prison to await trial.