SAN JOSE, Orange Walk District, Tues. June 23m 2020– The manhunt for Guatemala national Esau Ramirez Lopez, 36, of San Jose, who was wanted on charges of stabbing of his common-law wife, his son and his stepdaughter, came to a successful conclusion today.
Lopez, who had been on the run, was captured without incident in Orange Walk. Pending are three counts of attempted murder, three counts of use of dangerous means of harm, and three counts of grievous dangerous harm. He has not yet been arraigned at the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court.
The incident occurred at about 9:00 Friday night in the village, at the home of his ex-common-law wife, Rebecca Munoz, 34. She told police that he came to her house and when she went to see what he wanted, he attacked her and stabbed her in the left breast and in the arm.
At the time, Rebecca’s daughter, Diana Munoz, 19, and her son by Ramirez, Adrian, 15, were at home. They quickly intervened to protect their mother, and that was when Diana was stabbed in the abdomen, rupturing her intestines, and Lopez’s son, Adrian, was stabbed in the back.
Lopez then fled the house. The mother and children were rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital in a serious condition. They have since been treated and are recovering.
During the police press brief held today, ACP Joseph Myvett said that Rebecca Muñoz had separated from Esau Ramirez Lopez almost a years ago, and it is not yet known what prompted him to go to the house and attack them.
A wanted poster had been issued countrywide for Lopez’s arrest, and a reward of $2,000 had been offered for information leading to his arrest.