Crime — 14 June 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Two men, who were stabbed in two separate incidents on Saturday, June 8, in Orange Walk, are now being treated for their injuries at the Orange Walk Hospital. The victims are Misael Valdez, 18, of Trial Farm, who is in a serious condition, and Irvin Cantun, 28, of San Jose Palmar, who is in a critical condition.

Valdez suffered stab injuries to his chest and neck, while Cantun was stabbed in his neck, chest, and stomach.

Alejandro Itzab, 40, a Belizean laborer of San Jose Palmar Village in Orange Walk, has been charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm in connection with the stabbing of Cantun. He was taken to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Tuesday, where he was remanded at the Belize Central Prison until August 8, when he is to be returned to court.

Cantun told police that about 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, he was walking in San Jose Palmar when Itzab approached and, without provocation, attacked him with a knife, stabbing him in his stomach, chest and neck.

People in the area who saw what happened rushed Cantun to the hospital. Police, after investigating, arrested Itzab in the village on Sunday.

Police are still seeking the three men who attacked and stabbed Misael Valdez in Trial Farm at about 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. Valdez told police that he and his friend were walking on Robin Street in Trial Farm when three men, coming from the direction of Pelican Street, assaulted him, stabbing him multiple times before running off.

The motive for the attack on Valdez is unknown, and no one has yet been charged.

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