Crime — 11 April 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego
Fugitive who chopped up female police officer captured

The manhunt for Oscar Perez, 44, of Trial Farm, Orange Walk District, who has been on the run since December 9 last year on charges of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and wounding for attacking a female police officer, came to an end following his arrest at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon in Little Belize near Shipyard, in the Orange Walk District.

Perez will be to taken to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

Police said that at about 4:30 p.m. on December 9, 2013, WPC Marilyn Pate, of the Orange Walk police, went to Trial Farm, to the home of Oscar Perez, along with members of the Human Development Department, to detain Perez pending investigations into allegations of sexual abuse of a female child.

On arrival at Perez’s home in Trial Farm, Perez came out to the officers without a shirt on, and when told that he was being taken in, he told the officers that he was going to put on a shirt to go with them.

He went into the house, but came back out with a machete and charged at WPC Pate, who had entered the yard and was standing under a tree waiting for him to come out.

According to police, Perez chopped WPC Pate three times in the head – twice in the left side and once in the right side – and twice on the left hand.

Perez then ran out of the yard, and since then, had been on the run.

Police tracked him down to the Little Belize area, where an operation was carried out to capture him yesterday.

WPC Pate has since been released from the Orange Walk Hospital, and has returned to duties as a police officer at the Orange Walk Police Station.

Amandala was told that no magistrate will be available today, Thursday, at the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court, so Perez will be taken to court tomorrow, Friday.

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