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Police Make Several Arrest in Murder Investigations

Police investigators have made progress in several homicide cases.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvette spoke first on last week’s double murder of Cynthia Conorquie and Allan Garcia on Logwood Street.

Police investigators have made progress in several homicide cases.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvette spoke first on last week’s double murder of Cynthia Conorquie and Allan Garcia on Logwood Street.

Hilberto Romero, Head of Criminal Investigations Branch

Hilberto Romero, Head of Criminal Investigations Branch: “We have since arrested and charged Richard Bennet, 23-Years, for two counts of murder after an investigation was conducted into the matter.”

Reporter: How was Bennet connected to those two persons ? Did he have been with one of them ?

Hilberto Romero, Head of Criminal Investigations Branch: “Again the murder is a result of ongoing rivalry with groups in the city.”

Reporter: So the issue wasn’t with Cynthia it was with the young man who was killed ?

Hilberto Romero, Head of Criminal Investigations Branch: “That is correct.”

Reporter: An arrest was also made in the murder case of Percival Pilgrim also in Belize City.

Hilberto Romero, Head of Criminal Investigations Branch: “In reference the murder of Percival Pilgrim also we have arrested and charged a 16-year-old minor for the crime of murder.”

Reporter: This minor, does he belong to a particular gang ?

Hilberto Romero, Head of Criminal Investigations Branch: “We are looking at that as he does not reside in that area where the murder happened.”

Reporter :Do officers believe that he may have been just sent to execute that murder, he was probably being used to get away with it ? 

Hilberto Romero, Head of Criminal Investigations Branch: “Again the investigation is ongoing but we had sufficient evidence to charge him alone at this time.”

Reporter: Anybody else you’re looking at who may be involved or connected to that minor ? 

Hilberto Romero, Head of Criminal Investigations Branch: “The investigation goes on but at this time only he is charged.”

In the south Punta Gorda Police are also continuing its investigation into the murder of Dennis Trapp which also occurred last week.

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “Officers are still investigating and we are following several leads and we are looking for a known suspect who is known to the police in relation to this investigation.”

Reporter: Any surveillance footage from the are for officers to use ? We know the family made a claim that the cameras were perhaps turned away from the direction that they would normally point ? 

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “Not that we know of but officers are on the ground conducting their investigation and the entire area is being canvassed to see whether or not there are any surveillance cameras that can assist the police in the investigation.”

Reporter: Did Mr.Trapp every make any report to the police that he was threatened before or any attempt on his life ? 

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “Yes he did and the police has a statement to that effect in which he requested no court action. I think it was a little over a month ago whilst at the dump site he was fired upon by unknown persons whilst at his worksite in the dump site area.”

Reporter: Do police officers believe these same persons may have come back after him ? It’s the same issue ?

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “Could have been, that is a part of the investigation.”

Reporter: Now the Commissioner mentioned last week that you’re looking also at the angle of gangs, some feuding issue happening down there in Punta Gorda, where does Mr.Trapp fit into this ? Was he a member of a gang ?

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “I’m not going as far as to say that other than to say that he is known to the police. “

Reporter: The family made a report saying that the police in Punta Gorda actually ignored several of their reports and you mentioned that police officers are investigating, they are officers from the same place or Belmopan or Belize City ?

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch:They are the same officers from Punta Gorda that are investigating and I am not going to go into the details of other strategies that have been put in place in relation to that specific investigation.”