By Aaron Humes
BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Feb. 21, 2019
This week two Belizean residents felt the fatal sting of violence for no apparent reason.
Last week Wednesday, American couple Gary Hakes and Elizabeth Rousseau suffered a home invasion between seven forty-five and eight in the evening. An unidentified man broke into their retirement home in the Oasis community of Consejo, Corozal through a bathroom window. Police say he then cut off the power supply to the residence and went into the couple’s bedroom. He was met there by Rousseau and viciously stabbed her several times, then turned on Hakes who was coming to her aid. He was only able to escape with a purse but left behind palpable fear among the mostly elderly residents in the noted haven for expatriates of the U.S. and Canada.
Police say they believe the killer knows the area but have not caught up to him.
Corozal North area representative Hugo Patt offered his condolences, lamenting the stain on Belize’s international reputation. Recently, no less than five foreign nationals have fallen victim to violent crime in Corozal alone, with several of those cases still unsolved.
Meanwhile in Belize City, 31 year old father of two Roy Lord was surprised by gunfire while walking to pick up his girlfriend from her workplace, Tropicana Casino on Newtown Barracks. As he rounded the bend on Wilson Street heading toward Sandlighter’s Promenade he was struck several times. Lord fought hard enough to make it to hospital but died while undergoing treatment.
According to a family member, his wallet and cell phone are missing and they had no indication he was in any trouble with anyone. Police continue their investigations.
And in other crime news, police continue to hunt for up to 500 rounds missing from the heist of Victor L. Bryant and Company’s Chetumal Street offices after 1,000 .38 and 9mm rounds were recovered in the St. Martin de Porres area over the weekend. Firearms were also stolen and two men, Randy Chambers and Selvin Linarez, were charged and have been remanded to prison.