Crime — 12 July 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Police said that about 2:50 p.m. on Friday, July 5, they were informed of a robbery of a store at the corner of Hopkins and 1st Streets in Kings Park. According to the storeowner, around 1:55 p.m., three men of dark complexion, one of them armed with a shotgun, entered the store and stole cash, as well as an assortment of jewelry and phones, which together totaled around $2,875 in value. The three men then ran toward the direction of Baymen Avenue. Police investigations continue. As at press time, no one has been arrested, nor any of the stolen items recovered.

There had been another incident of robbery earlier that Friday, July 5. According to a 46-year-old man who visited the Queen Street Police Station to report that he had been robbed around 6:14 a.m., he was jogging on St. Joseph Street when two men approached him and took away his chain, watch and cell phone. The chain is valued at $1,500, the cell phone at $1,200 and the watch at $350. Police launched an investigation, but up to press time, no one has been arrested and the items have not been recovered.

Also on Friday, July 5, about 6:30 p.m., police visited the Southern Regional Hospital and saw Blas Alvarado, 39, a Honduran laborer of Silk Grass Village, suffering from multiple chop wounds to the head. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for further treatment, but succumbed to his injuries at 1:37 a.m. on Saturday, July 6.

Upon investigating, police found out that Alvaro had been involved in an altercation with Fidis Martinez, 45, a Honduran laborer, also of Silk Grass Village, and both men had pulled out machetes and inflicted chop wounds on each other.

Alvarado suffered multiple chop wounds to the head, while Martinez was stabbed in the chest. Martinez was transported to the Western Regional Hospital, where he was admitted in a stable condition. Police investigations continue.

Finally, it was reported to police that Taste of India Restaurant in Hopkins Village had been on fire. The owner of the restaurant, told police that at 4:00 p.m. on Friday he left the restaurant for the day, but the next morning, Saturday, July 6, at 12:20 he was informed that his business was on fire. The building, which is a wooden structure with zinc roofing, valued at $20,000, was completely destroyed. No one was injured and the cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained.

The building was not insured and police investigations continue.

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