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Coast Guard officer stabs stepdaughter

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BELIZE CITY, Fri. June 24, 2022 

A Coast Guard officer is on the run from police after stabbing his stepdaughter on Tuesday evening in Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk. Alberto Espinoza, 34, a resident of Trial Farm, reportedly got into a heated argument with his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Daxia Martinez. The altercation led to him cutting the teen on the face and stabbing her in another part of her body, the communication director of the Police Department, ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, said in a press briefing today. 

“We know that we have issued a warrant for him. He is wanted for wounding. We have made contact with his superior officers and we are asking the general public in trying to locate Mr. Espinoza,” Yearwood said. 

Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Elton Bennett, told local media that Espinoza has not reported to duty since the altercation. Police say that besides this most recent report, there have been other reports made against him.

Yearwood explained, “We know that we have other reports in connections with this same Alberto Espinoza. By all means, we will continue to look for him until either he comes and hands in himself, or we will find him, where charges will be levied against him. I know that this young lady’s injuries were classified as wounding. I know that investigators are investigating two other incidents believed to be committed by him, before this incident on Wednesday. I know that they are looking for him for some other traffic infractions. ”

While neither the police nor the public know the nature of the disagreement which led to the stabbing, Yearwood noted that mere words do not give one the right to harm another. 

“Regardless of the size of the crime, the fact remains that he is wanted and we are asking the general public assistance in trying to locate him.She is saying that he attacked her after just having words. I don’t know what the words or content of their conversation was, and he cut her in the face and some other part of the body. The thing is, no one has the right to harm you, whether it is because of words or something you would have done to them. He could have done the manly thing and walked away,” he said. 

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