As if the pain of losing a family member were not enough, two men had to endure additional agony over the weekend when they were robbed on the Hummingbird Highway. 47-year-old Thomas Ack and 22-year-old Ronaldo Ack were on their way to Big Falls Village, Toledo District, to join their relatives in the mourning of Corporal Reynaldo Choco. When they neared the Mango Creek junction they were being signaled by a vehicle with siren and lights. Assuming it was law enforcement, the men pulled over; but instead of cops approaching the vehicle, three armed masked men ambushed them. Ack spoke to Love News and explained that his 2010 Honda Sonata SUV and all his personal belongings were stolen and they were left stranded on the highway.
Thomas Ack, Victim: “I thought it was police that wanted to pull me over, they kept flashing their high beams on me so I slowed down and I stopped. When I stopped, not thinking for the worst I thought it was the police who were going to come out and talk to me not knowing that it was the worst thing I would expect in my life. Three men jumped in my car, one forced me on my side of my seat and my cousin’s son who was with me at the time the other robber did the same on him on his side and the other one jumped behind the seat. The one who did on my side forced himself to drive my car while the other one behind my seat put the gun to my head and the other one had my cousin’s son also held at gunpoint. They took us about not even far from where we had just stopped but we drove to a feeder road on the left hand side of that road coming to Belmopan about five minutes inside. When we got into that feeder road they stopped and they told us to get out. So they took me on the side of the road on the driver’s side and they had me kneel down with the gun on my head and my cousin I think they did the same thing to him but I heard a lot of commotion on his side but I couldn’t see him well that he was on the opposite side of the car. They did that to me and searched my pockets took everything I had and it happened so fast and eventually they told me get up and they put us in front of the vehicle and told us to start walking in front, that’s when I thought of the worst I thought they were going to shoot me in the back. They had us walk for about five minutes in front of the car just keep walking and I was thinking of the worst and suddenly I noticed my car flew past us and behind my car it was their vehicle also that drove and I told cousin’s son ‘You know what we got stuck, they just stole everything from us.'”
Thomas Ack is the cousin of the late BDF Corporal Reynaldo Choco who was laid to rest today. As it relates to Choco’s death, Ack told Love News that there is more to the story than what is being disclosed by the government officials.
Thomas Ack, Victim: “He was a great guy. He loved his family, he definitely dedicated himself to his family and he had big dreams. His dream was to be in the force and of course due to what happened he was cut short but he definitely wanted to go further. He wanted to become a pilot that is definitely what he wanted to be but again it’s sad that this happened but he was very liked. For example last night was his wake and all my people down there said it was very well attended as he was a very loved guy in that community in Big Falls Village. We have a lot of people who are in the military and a lot of people are saying that yes it’s a whole story that is not being told so this is much to the story that needs to be said and we just hope that the truth comes.”
Police is yet to release a report on the robbery incident.