BELIZE CITY, Fri. Aug. 28, 2020– Accused robbers Kirk Antonio Broaster, 19, a fisherman of Belize City, and Raheim Vernon, 23, a deliveryman, also of Belize City, who were jointly charged with robbery, have been remanded until October 27. They were arraigned yesterday at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Stephanie Gillett, who read the charge to them. The prosecution objected to the offering of bail to them.
Police said that on Tuesday morning, they were called to a robbery in progress in Rhaburn’s Alley, after two thieves were seen holding up a tamales seller, and beating him. They also stole $30 from him.
Candelario Gonzalez, 27, a tamales vendor of San Narciso, Corozal District, told police that he had earned the money which was stolen from him through the sale of his tamales.
Police said that they searched the area and saw two men limping. They were detained, and after an investigation, the men were charged jointly.
Alex Sanker a well-known and popular artist of Rhaburn’s Alley, told police and the media, that he was at home working when he heard a cry for help. He then went out to see what was happening, and that was when he saw the two men beating the tamales seller and robbing him.
Sanker grabbed his easel and started to hit the two criminals with it. His actions caused the thieves to run away, leaving their bicycles behind.
Before running away, however, the robbers threatened Sanker, saying that they would return to kill him.
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, heard about the brave deed and called Sanker a hero, thanking him for his act of bravery in defending, and maybe even saving the life, of the tamales vendor, who was being robbed.
Police are fully aware of the threat made on Sanker’s life, and said that they would offer some level of security to him and his family.