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Woman Escapes Rape on Ambergris Caye

Authorities on Ambergris Caye are investigating a report made by a 35-year-old woman who says she was sexually assaulted in physically injured whilst sitting on a dock near the beach.  The incident reportedly took place on Monday, November 30 at around eleven o’clock that night.  The woman, Abigail Lopez, told police that whilst on the dock, she was approached by a Hispanic man.  The man sat beside her and began fondling her and subsequently asked her to have sex with him.  Lopez says she fought off the man but he grabbed her by the hair, held her down and began stabbing her with a broken bottle.  He escaped from the area and she had managed to get to the San Pedro Polyclinic where she was treated and questioned by the police.  Police have since detained a 24-year-old man from the San Mateo area pending further investigations.