A home invasion last night caught on video shows a toddler held hostage during the ordeal. The incident occurred in the US Embassy Residential Area in Belmopan. Police Commissioner Chester Williams did not have much information to share by way of motive, but he did comment on the preliminary investigations.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “There is not much details at this time. Yes we got the information yesterday evening around 7 P.M. thereabout of a home invasion in the American Embassy residence area. Based on that, the police had responded including myself I was on the scene and at the home of one Nan Cheng. We were made to understand – from the initial information that we gathered was that the accused persons or the home invaders had hostage the residents of that premise and so we surrounded the house with the hope that the suspects were still inside and after a couple of hours outside we decided to force our way in and when we got in we only found the residents and the suspects were no longer there. From what we gathered from those residents was that the suspects had left prior to the police arrival which was not consistent with our information that we had received initially. Nonetheless we remained on spot until after midnight when we did some searches in the neighboring communities with a view to see if we would be able to find those who are responsible but that was fruitless. We continue to do our investigation, I believe Ms.Cheng went in this morning to lodge her official complaint to the police. We have viewed several surveillance footage and we’re trying to see what we can gather from those with a view to lead us to those who are responsible. I do not want to speculate at this time as to a possible motive but we know that a few items were stolen. From what we saw on the video footage is that the suspects appeared to be of Hispanic descent.”
Reporter: How did they gain access to the house ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: The gained access through the back door. I cannot speak to the intention of the robbers. It is something that you may deduce from what you saw on the video and at this time like I said we are still trying to identify who these persons were and what was their motive.”