Police Say Many Discrepancies Were Found in the Belmopan Home Invasion Report
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a reported home invasion that occurred in Belmopan on Thursday, March 16. According to Victor Gutierrez, his family experienced a harrowing home invasion around two o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday. According to his report, while he was at home with his wife and 7-year-old daughter, three male individuals entered his house. Gutierrez stood up to confront the individuals, but one of the perpetrators reportedly pulled out a pistol and forced him to his bedroom, while the other two followed suit. The man then searched Gutierrez’s room and found a Bible containing two hundred and ninety Belize dollars in different denominations. He then reportedly pointed the gun at Gutierrez’s face and threatened to kill him if he did not have eight hundred dollars the next morning. According to reports, the man eventually released him, but not before threatening to kill him and his entire family if he did not come up with the money. Police Press Officer, Fitzroy Yearwood, explained today that the police are treading lightly around this case, as they have found several holes in Gutierrez’s report.
ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer: “On the 16th of March Victor Gutierrez made a report claiming certain things about a burglary at his residence but our investigators are doing an in depth follow up to it where they have found many loopholes in his report and as soon as I get those findings I will send them to you but at this time we’re treating it as – how to say, not to be completely honest in his report. Well we have several charges that we could levy but for the beginning initially we are treating this report as a mischievous report. After investigators have found too many discrepancies in his initial statement that cannot be proven.”
One of the men is described as having a clear complexion, being of Maya descent, having a thick build, dressed in a white T-shirt, black cloth pants, and black boots, and having gold fillings between his teeth. The second man was of Maya descent with a medium build, dressed in a black T-shirt and black jeans. The third man was a fair-skinned Hispanic male with a thin build, wearing a white T-shirt and long gray jeans. Notably, the men were reported to be sporting what the victim described as “black police boots”, and one of them was wearing a black cap marked with police insignia. ASP Yearwood says the report is chalked up to be another case of mischief-making against police, but investigations follow this report.
ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer: “Whenever people go to that extent to try to make their story believable and to refer to a boots as police boots, we don’t have a particular type of boots that we would want to claim that is solely use by police officers. Of course then it would be like the uniform where you will be deemed to be using that illegally if that was police type boots. One, we don’t have that. I can show you the boots that I am wearing is much different from other officers would be wearing so I believe that he was just trying to make it sound believable and of course if we find him to be guilty of committing a mischievous act he will be charged.”