On Friday afternoon just after one o’clock, tourists were robbed at the El Pilar archaeological site in Cayo District. Two Belizean tour guides along with two tourists were site seeing when they were approached by four Hispanic males. The men were armed with three machetes and a rifle. According to ACP Joseph Myvette, fearing for their lives the victims handed over all their belongings.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “As a result they were robbed of their personal belongings and the driver’s side window of the vehicle was damaged by those persons before they made good their escape towards the Guatemalan side.”
Reporter: So then it is suspected that they were Gutemalans who came over the border.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Yes.”
Reporter: Now does this raise security concerns?
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “There have been a composite patrol of BDF and police officers patrolling those areas. Unfortunately at that point in time they were not in that area, also there is a composite team of BDF and police officers stationed at a checkpoint on the Bullet Tree Road.”
The site is located at the Belize-Guatemala border, about 12 kilometers north of San Ignacio, Belize.