Crime — 27 June 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Out-of-control driver allegedly beat victim with wheel iron

Wilbert Carcamo, 24, a driver of Libertad, Corozal District, who was wanted on charges of aggravated assault and dangerous harm, has been released on a bail of $5,000 and two sureties of $2,500 each. He was ordered to return to court on August 25.

Police contend that at about 7:00 Sunday night, while driving his vehicle, Carcamo almost knocked down Andrew Lopez, 27, and his wife, both of Xaibe, while they were walking on the Libertad Road towards the bus stop at the junction of Libertad Road and the Philip Goldson Highway.

Lopez and his wife had to run into the bushes to avoid being hit.

Lopez told police that he shouted at Carcamo to drive more carefully, after which Carcamo stopped, got out of his vehicle, approached Lopez with a wheel iron and beat him all over his body, and when Lopez fell to the ground, Carcamo got on top of him and began strangling him.

People who saw what was happening intervened and Carcamo drove away. Lopez was taken to the Corozal Hospital, where doctors who treated him classified his injuries as dangerous harm.

Police said that Carcamo had been on the run, but was arrested on Tuesday in Libertad.

Carcamo was taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Wednesday, where he appeared in front of Magistrate Hurl Hamilton, who arraigned him on the charges. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, and was offered bail, which he later met.

Lopez told police that when Carcamo accosted him, an argument began between them, and his wife tried to intervene to stop the escalating situation, but Carcamo pushed her out of the way and began to beat him with the wheel iron.

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