Police Officer hospitalized after being beaten

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Updated: June 30, 2015

A Police officer remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was attacked on Monday night.  According to the Officer in charge of the Criminal Investigations Branch, Superintendent Hilberto Romero, Police Officer Jason Hall who lives in Corozal Town was heading to work in Belize City when his vehicle suffered a blow out.

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“We had an incident yesterday in the general area of Rhaburn Ridge on the Phillip Goldson Highway where a police constable Jason Hall received a blow out on his vehicle. He got assistance to repair and get the vehicle going. At some point the said person that assisted him inflicted and injury to the side of his face after which he stole the vehicle and made his way to Orange Walk. The constable regained consciousness thereafter and he asked for assistance. The police came and he was taken to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. An investigation was conducted the vehicle and a suspect was detained, the suspect was detained and brought to Belize City in connection to this incident.

Reporter

“Are criminal charges being brought against this gentleman?

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“Yes charges will be brought against him at the conclusion of this investigation. We have recorded some statements, we have the vehicle that is being processed and at the end of the investigation he will be charged.”

Reporter

Is it the belief that this is theft or the assailant and the victim have any prior connections?

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“No they didn’t have any prior connection before like I said the officer had an incident with his vehicle with the tire and that is why he had stopped in that area. The suspect that we have in custody assisted and at some point he inflicted the wounds to the police and stole the vehicle.

Reporter

What sort of weapon was used?

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“A piece of wood was used to inflict the injuries.

Reporter

Has the officer given a statement?

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“Well the officer as I said is admitted at the KHMH in critical condition.”

Reporter

He has been speaking?

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“We have not been able to speak to him as yet.

Reporter

“Was he in plain clothing?

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“He was in police uniform.”

Reporter

Are you able to disclose to us injuries he suffered?

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“ Like I said he was hit to the side of his face, he has injuries to his jaw and to the side of his head.

Reporter

“Any broken bones?

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“I am not sure about the type of injuries.”

Reporter

“You said that he was in his uniform was his licensed firearm with him and is it missing, was it recovered.

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Officer in Charge CIB

“He was not armed at the time.”