SANTA ELENA, Cayo District, Fri. Sept. 27, 2019– Jahnon Trapp, 28, an unemployed resident of Esperanza, has been charged with murder for the shooting death of Mirna Young, 58, a domestic of Perez Street, Santa Elena, who was a mother of 6 children. Trapp was remanded after being arraigned at the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court this evening. Police said that he will face additional charges.
Police said that at about 8:30 Saturday night, September 14, Young’s son, Mynor Galindo, 18, and a friend of his, Daniel Martinez, 21, of Santa Elena, were talking in their yard on Perez Street when a motorcycle drove up on which two men were riding.
The motorbike stopped and an armed man dismounted from the bike, and went into the yard and fired at the two men.
Galindo ran and was able to elude the gunman, but Martinez was shot in the back and arm.
Police said that, the gunman, stirred by frustration, fired into Mirna Young’s house, where she was protecting her two grandchildren, 3 and 8 years old, from the shooting, and she was struck in the chest.
Witnesses said that about 15 to 17 shots were fired in Young’s yard that night, and the gunman then ran out of the yard, got back on the motorcycle, and drove away.
The two shooting victims were both taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital, where Young was admitted in a critical condition, but died shortly after her arrival. Martinez was admitted in a serious but stable condition.
Jahnon Trapp is no stranger to police. According to a report by Star Newspaper of San Ignacio, on March 2, 2009, Jahnon Trapp, then 18, an unemployed Esperanza resident, and his accomplice, Leonard Pandy, then 20, attempted to rob Greedy’s Pizzeria, then located at the foothills of La Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena.
The attempt was foiled when the Cariddi brothers, Jonathan and Christoper, stood their ground in protection of their property, and in the process, severely beat the two would-be robbers.
When the police arrived, the struggle was still in progress.
Police charged Trapp and Pandy with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of attempted robbery. Pandy and Trapp appeared before Magistrate Narda Morgan, who found them guilty of all charges.
On the attempted robbery charges, they were both sentenced to five years imprisonment, and were sentenced to 18 months each on the two aggravated assault charges.
Magistrate Morgan ordered that the sentences run concurrently, which meant that they were sentenced to spend a total of 5 years in jail.