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Demas Zelaya charged with robbery

Twenty-two year old Demas Zelaya, a wood carver of Mile 2 on the George Price Highway, who police alleged was one of four men who robbed Twenty-four Seven One mall Gas Station in Ranchito Village, was charged with robbery when he appeared yesterday in Corozal Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Patricia Arana. Zelaya pled not guilty to the charge. He was remanded into custody until February 13. The incident occurred around 10:55 a.m. on December 22, 2017. Twenty-one-year-old Jinxi Tan, the manager of the gas station, reported to the police that while she was in the auto care section of the gas station she saw three men enter. She said one of the men was at the counter across from her while the other two went inside the shop. She said the man at the counter asked for the price of the oil after which the other two walked towards her and pointed firearms at her. She said she then saw one of her employees, Randy Montero, walk into the store with another man behind him with a firearm pointed at his back. The men then went over the counter and demanded that she open the cash drawer. They then went into the office where her common-law husband, Yaping Chen was and demanded that he open the metal safe. She then gave them the key to the safe and they opened and stole seven thousand dollars. She said the men also stole Chen cell phone, valued at one thousand dollars and then they drove off in a 2014 Toyota Tacoma vehicle in the direction of Orange Walk Town. The vehicle, valued at forty-two thousand dollars, was recovered by the police. Police are still searching for the other three men involved in the incident.