Headline — 12 October 2012 — by Rochelle Gillett
Child, 10, accomplice to armed robbery…what is Belize coming to??

BELIZE CITY, Wed. Oct. 10, 2012

As citizens in Cayo are taking a stand against violence, the lack of convictions, the removal of the DPP, and crime on a whole, a robbery in Belize City took crime to another higher, jaw-dropping level when a ten-year-old boy assisted an accomplice in robbing a woman at gunpoint on the north side of the city.

Elia Juanita Avilez, 34, a Belizean public officer, reported to police that on Tuesday night, at 7:30, she was riding her bicycle on St. Peter Street.

As she approached St. Joseph Street, she was approached by a dark-skinned boy of about 10, who was also on a bicycle.

She stopped her bicycle, and as she did so, a man came up to her from the opposite direction and showed her a black-colored handgun.

The boy then searched Avilez’ pants pocket and stole her cell-phone and $225 in cash. Both the man and the boy then escaped.

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