A police officer attached to the Benque Viejo del Carmen police station is recovering from chop wounds he sustained on New Year’s Day. 33-year-old, Edgar Teul was at a football game in Maya Mopan, Belmopan when he came under attack by five young men. Police arrived at the scene shortly after and pursued the attackers while Teul underwent medical treatment for the injuries sustained. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz went looking for answers and spoke to two witnesses.
Witness: “Well we were just sitting outside of my uncle’s residence, Pedro Teul’s residence-“
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: About what time more or less?
Witness: “It was like about two thirty or three o’clock then I saw this group of guys coming down the street- well in front of us then in front of the yard, I know them as three brothers and a Spanish guy. They started to cuss and they were doing like they want to fight with anybody, looking for problem on the street. So they started to cuss me and my aunty told me to ignore them so I ignored them. I saw my uncle Edgar Teul, which is a police officer came outside and tried to warn them to go but no, they wanted to hurt somebody. When my uncle went to try to stop them to go away right there they took advantage of my uncle because my uncle was kind of drunk too and those guys were preparing and had machetes in their hand. I saw saw them chop my uncle in the head, in the hand and thanks to the police to to they came and at the same time they saw my uncle because those guys were ready to chop my uncle again.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: While he was on the ground.
Witness: “While he was on the ground he was getting weak and we could not defend ourselves because we didn’t have anything, those guys were prepared we were not prepared. We are not into giving problems but those guys were looking for problems so that is what happened to my uncle.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Briefly you mentioned that those guys, this is like the third person that they have chopped.
Witness: “Second officer as I know, they always chop guys but this is the second officer, that same group of guys chopped another officer and now this is the second officer that they are chopping in Maya Mopan. What we want is justice, something happen to those guys, send them to jail; that is a police officer what is happening in the community that the police can’t profile those guys? Suppose they kill the officer, my uncle ? We need some justice.”
Lisandro Vasquez, Witness: “My name is Lisandro Vasquez.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Mr.Vasquez tell us what happened yesterday while you were with some other friends when the incident happened where the police officer was brutally chopped.
Lisandro Vasquez, Witness: “I was inside when I heard my cousin calling for help. When I came out and right in front of my yard because that is where he was, a little more ahead, and then I saw some guys on the street with machete and they were stoning my cousin.“
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: Which cousin?
Lisandro Vasquez, Witness: “Daniel, they were stoning him and then I saw my uncle come out, the police officer, he came out and told them to leave the man alone and for them to go and that is where they stoned him but didn’t catch him and the other one came and swung his machete and caught him and chopped him then when he caught him all of them came and they started chopping the man. Four of them had machete and four of them swung the machete and caught the man.”
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: What would you want to see done in this area knowing that in this area more than one incident happened where people almost lost their lives.
Lisandro Vasquez, Witness: “I say they need to catch all of those guys make them go to the back because then if nothing happens those guys will continue to violate people and hurt them; this place is not really a bad place, this place is a calm place and before it gets out of hand I think all those guys and those gangs need to go and take them.”
Love News understands that three of the attackers have been detained.
Sr.Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Ivestigation Branch: “On Wednesday, the first day of January 2020 Belmopan police were on mobile patrol in the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan when they were alerted to a chopping incident that was occurring at the Maya Mopan Football Field. They immediately responded and came across the chopping incident. They found Edgar Teul, police constable 33 years of age with chop wounds to the head and to the hands. They immediately apprehended three suspects who were involved in this chopping incident and they were taken into custody. Edgard Teul was transported to the Western Regional Hospital and thereafter to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was admitted and receiving treatmentl; he is now listed in a stable condition. I’m not sure if they are known to him but at some point they attacked him there. Two were armed with machetes and the others threw stones.”
Police Constable Edgar Teul is currently in a stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.