General — 03 July 2015 — by Albert J. Ciego
Cop beaten unconscious by thief, who then stole his car

RHABURN RIDGE, Belize District, Wed. July 1, 2015–Constable Jason Hall, of Precinct 3 Police in Belize City, is presently fighting for his life at the intensive care unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) due to head injuries he suffered as a result of being beaten in the head with a piece of wood by a thief who had pretended to be a Good Samaritan.

Hall is unconscious, and has been listed as being in a critical but stable condition.

The incident which led to his injuries occurred at about 8:00 yesterday morning. Police reported that PC Hall, who was in his uniform, was travelling in his car from Orange Walk to work at Precinct 3 at the Queen Street Police Station in Belize City, when on arriving at Rhaburn Ridge Village in the Belize District, his car suffered a blowout.

While Hall was changing his wheel, a man came up to assist him. After the wheel had been changed and the policeman was getting into his car, he turned his back on the helper, and the man hit him in the head with a piece of wood, causing the policeman to become unconscious on the roadside.

The thief then stole Hall’s car and drove toward Orange Walk Town.

A passing motorist rendered aid to Hall and transported him to the KHMH, where he was admitted in a critical condition.

Police began an intense search for the stolen car, and found the car and the thief in Orange Walk Town yesterday afternoon. The car and the thief were taken to the station, where the thief was detained pending charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and handling stolen goods.

Superintendent Hilberto Romero, Commander of the Crimes Investigations Branch, said that charges will be brought at the conclusion of the investigation. Romero said that the policeman and the thief did not have any contact prior to the incident.

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