An elderly woman was viciously attacked in her own home over the weekend. The nonagenarian, 92 year old Maria Gardener was peacefully at her seaside home in the Southern Foreshore area of Belize City when the incident occurred on Saturday. At 1:20 p.m. Gardener was inside her house when someone broke through the back. The man punched her on the mouth. Ten minutes later police arrived at the scene and took her to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where she was admitted in a stable condition.
Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino C.I.B Eastern Division: “On Saturday sometime around 1:30 PM Police visited Foreshore Residents. They found Ms. Marie Gardner a 92 year old with an injury to her mouth. She was taken to the hospital and admitted for treatment. What we understand is that someone entered the house and inflicted the injury to Ms. Gardner. We are unable to ascertain if anything was taken from the residence as Ms. Gardner was admitted at the Hospital. She was released today and Police will follow up on that report.”
Dalila Ical: “Does Police know how the man entered the home?”
Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino C.I.B Eastern Division: “No.”
Reporter: “What is the classification of this particular crime?”
Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino C.I.B Eastern Division: “As far as I know it constitutes to burglary unless he was armed with a weapon offense then it would…
Reporter: “Was anything burgled?”
Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino C.I.B Eastern Division: “Not that I know of. Well of course when these incidents happen and we are able to obtain those footages. I am sure that the officers who are investigating the case would use that in assistance to the investigations.”
It is unclear if anything was stolen. Later Saturday night during the art festival in the midst of the crowd, a man suddenly attempted to attack a woman who was sitting in a motorized wheelchair. The woman said that she did not realize what was happening untill a relative had to shield her from the man who suddenly wielded a knife towards her at the corner of Albert Street, adjacent to Lavish Store. She said she was sitting there a long time with family members watching the activities peacefully. Police officers quickly set in pursuit of the man and the festival continued without incident.