Woman killed on La Isla Bonita, San Pedro

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Updated: February 16, 2016

Sometime this morning police were called out to the Boca del Rio area in San Pedro where on arrival at the Basil-Paris Apartments and Store, they found a female Honduran national bleeding from her neck. Love News spoke to Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott, Coastal Executive Officer who told us, when they got to the scene the female later learnt to be Johana Mendez Barrios was not dead.

ASP Henry Jemmott – Coastal Executive Officer

“Between the hours of 5 and 5:45 am, San Pedro police were called out to the area of Basil Paris Apartment Complex in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro town. There they saw a woman who was bleeding profusely from the neck. She was taken to the San Pedro polyclinic where she later died. The woman was later identified as one Juana Samantha Mendez Barias.”

 The victim’s throat was reportedly slashed. The body was transported from San Pedro to the Karl Husner Memorial Hospital for a post mortem examination. Assistant Superintendent Jemmott told us what their initial investigations revealed.

ASP Henry Jemmott – Coastal Executive Officer

“She was a waitress at Los Compadres bar in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro town. Initial investigation into the matter is that she was socializing after work when she went to her apartment complex after she was accosted by two persons and that was when the police, shortly after the police were called to the scene. We have since questioned a number of persons to assist us in the investigation, we have canvassed the area and we are still investigating and we are looking for two persons at this time.”

 Assistant Superintendent Jemmott has labeled the crime as aggravated burglary. Police have found no one that is related to Barrios in Belize.

ASP Henry Jemmott – Coastal Executive Officer

“At this point we will treat it as an aggravated burglary until we can ascertain otherwise or the investigation takes us otherwise. No she does not have any family here in Belize however we know that she has her family in Honduras and from what we have ascertained we think that she has one child.”

Police say they believe that Barrios is the mother of at least one child.