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City Council’s Director of Administration is targeted days after staff firings

The Belize City Council’s Director of Administration Sharlene Rudon’s vehicle was set on fire last night, or at least someone tried to destroy it with fire. Today police are looking at whether the damage to her property has any connection to her responsibilities at City Hall, in particular as it relates to the recent firings of six staff members. The incident happened around eleven o’clock while Rudon and her family were inside her house. ASP Alejandro Cowo of the Crimes Investigation Branch provided more details on the incident.

ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of CIB Belize City: “She reported to police that whilst at their residence they heard a noise coming out of her vehicle and upon inspection they noticed that the front portion of the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The fire was managed to be contained and as a result they sustained minor damages to the vehicle. What we have gathered so far is that the vehicle was parked there and two persons apparently threw a bottle with some accelerant that cause the fire on the vehicle.”

Reporter: Are you all investigating it from the angle that Miss Rudon’s signature appears on at least two of the remination letters that I have seen for City Council employees who have been recently terminated. Is that an angle that you are looking at?

ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of CIB Belize City: “Yeah we are looking at all those angles. We know that she is presently at the Belize City Council and that there have been feuds between some of the persons that were being fired so that is an angle that we are looking at.”

Reporter: So then foreseeably might you all be questioning any of the persons who were terminated?

ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of CIB Belize City: “Ye that is part of the investigation that the police will do.”

Love News understands that a security camera at the residence captured the entire incident. We are told that a vehicle was seen slowly pulling up near the house and reversing back. Seconds after, a man who had his face covered walked up to the Ford Escape parked in front of the house. He poured a liquid on the side of the vehicle and lit it on fire. This made a loud noise which alerted the occupants of the house who rushed outside and found the vehicle on fire. Their quick response resulted in them saving the vehicle which sustained minor damages. By the time they got out of the house, the perpetrator had long left the scene. Police have still not been able to identify the perpetrators.