Guatemalan Bandits caught!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 29            July 20, 2006

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Thirty six-year-old Guatemalan Marcus Chiquin Molina was captured by authorities after he crossed the border into Belize.


For the past few months, Belizeans and tourists alike had been threatened by a group of armed bandits in the southern part of the country. Trips to a few popular tourist destinations had been discontinued for fear of getting robbed at gun point.

    On Monday, July 10th, however, good news was received from Peten, Guatemala. Guatemalan police had intercepted a gang of nine men in the Peten area who were armed. The firearms in the men’s possession were illegal and therefore the men were arrested for possession. Although that offense is relatively minor in Guatemala, they all remained in custody because they could not meet bail.

    Of the nine men, two were confirmed as the bandits who had attacked tourists and Belizeans in the Cayo District. The mug shots of all the men are being circulated among the victims for identification purposes.

    However, this past Monday, July 17th, police arrested one of the gang of men believed to have been one of the bandits. Thirty six-year-old Guatemalan Marcus Chiquin Molina was captured by authorities after he crossed the border into Belize. Although police have not released the specifics of the case, what is known is that Molina has been positively identified in taking part of at least four of the robberies that occurred between March and May. Molina was remanded to Hattieville Prison where he awaits his court date of September 18th.



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