American National Dies After Bar Brawl in La Isla Bonita: Two Detained

American National Dies After Bar Brawl in La Isla Bonita: Two Detained

Investigators have detained two residents of La Isla Bonita after an American national was hit to the head during a fight, and later died. 46-year-old, Jennifer Lynn Griffith, and her common-law-husband, 41-year-old, Maynor Rene Ancona, were involved in a bar fight on Saturday morning. Around 7:00 am, the pair was at El Norte Bar when an altercation with an employee sparked a brawl. Griffith was hit to the back of the head with a conch shell during the scuffle and was later detained along with several other persons. On Sunday, the Texan was taken to the Ambergris Hope Hospital where she received treatment for cut wounds behind her head, but had refused further medical attention. Authorities say later that day at about 10:30 am, she was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that investigators are yet to determine what led to Griffith’s death and explained why the cops are awaiting the results of her postmortem examination.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Police were on patrol on Northern Ambergris Caye, this was Saturday, when they came across a number of persons who were engaged in a brawl somewhat of a fight. The police ended up detaining the persons who were involved and that includes an American woman who displayed injuries. She was taken to the police station along with the others where she was issued with a medico form and subsequently taken to the San Pedro Poly Clinic for treatment while the other persons were detained at the police station pending investigation. It is my understanding that prior to the brawl the lady was on a golf cart along with her husband and they collided into a building with the golf cart during which she may have also hit her head and it was that collision which eventually led to the brawl and during that brawl she was also stoned with a conch shell which also caused her head injuries. She went to the polyclinic with the police and she refused medical treatment and self discharged herself from the clinic and went home. The next day morning she seemingly was having pain and she went back to the clinic where she succumbed. At this time we are not able to say what the cause of death is if she died as a result of the conch shell or as a result of the accident. So I spoke to the director of the National Forensic Service this morning and had requested that the post mortem examination be expedited and so it will be done first thing tomorrow morning. Once that is done then we should be able to ascertain a cause of death and then we will be able to consult with the DPP for guidance in terms of what charge or charges to be levied on those persons who were involved in the brawl with her.”

Williams further explained that based on the police’s investigation and the autopsy, charges will be levied against the person or persons responsible for the foreigner’s murder. 

Reporter: Do you know whose fault the accident was ?

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Well she ran into a building, building can’t move.”

Reporter: So alcohol was involved ? 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “At this time I can’t say no.”

Reporter: So a toxicology report.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Yes that will be done.”

Reporter: The number of people who were detained is it an employee who stoned that conch shell ? 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I’m not sure if it’s an employee but one of the persons who were involved in the brawl.”

Reporter: So multiple people ? 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “There were a few persons involved yes but I think one person threw the conch shell.”

Reporter: If it is that the accident caused her death likely nobody can be charged in – 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “The husband can be charged then. I cannot say what extent of injury she sustained from either the accident or the conch shell but she did get injured from both and so we need to get the result of the post mortem to ascertain cause of death. From what I was made to understand is that subsequent to her discharging herself from the hospital she had indicated to the police that she didn’t want anything against those individuals. So they’re in custody and they’ll be charged at the very least for disorderly behavior.”

Griffith had migrated to Belize and lived on Ambergris Caye for several years.

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