Headline — 12 January 2016 — by Johnelle McKenzie
Two Belmopan taxi men gunned down

BELMOPAN, Cayo District, Mon. Jan. 11, 2016–Two taxi men from the nation’s capital, Belmopan, have been murdered, and police are investigating whether their murders are related.

Shortly after 11:00 p.m., on Friday, January 8, police were called to the Piccini area of Belmopan, where they found the body of Isidro Suar, 28, a taxi driver of Peru Street, Salvapan, in Belmopan.

Suar suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his head, the side of his body and his back. His body was transported to the Western Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:11 a.m. on Saturday, January 9.

Stephanie Grinage, Inspector of Police, Deputy Commander, Belmopan Police, told Amandala today that police were able to detain two persons for the homicide: Lincoln Bejerano, 25, of Tijuana, Mexico, and a 17-year-old female, both living in Belmopan.

As we report in a separate article appearing in this edition of Amandala, police had set up a checkpoint in the Ontario Village area, and the two were detained after the maroon Toyota Rav 4 they were in sped past the checkpoint.

Soon afterwards, the vehicle stopped, and an armed man ran out but dropped a loaded gun he was carrying while he fled the scene.

Meanwhile, Bejerano and the teenaged girl were immediately detained. According to police, the SUV in which they were traveling belonged to Suar.

The same day that Suar was shot dead, Daisy Sandoval, 22, a resident of #1 Argentina St., San Martin area, Belmopan, reported to police that Yoni Maas, 24, her common-law husband, had gone missing. Maas, a taxi driver, had left their home at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016, but had not returned home, she told police.

Maas’s body was discovered three days later, at about 10:00 a.m., on Sunday, January 10, 2016, by an associate of his who had been looking for him.

Police later visited the scene where the body was found, near Mount Pleasant Road, Cayo, about half-a-mile off a feeder road, near an oil well belonging to Belize Natural Energy.

Maas had been shot in the left side of his face and his chest, and his body was already in an advanced state of decomposition when it was found.

Police are investigating whether the murders of Suar and Maas are related.

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