Five family members charged with armed robbery of Belize City taxi driver

Five family members, one of whom is a 14 year old, have been charged in  the armed robbery of a Belize City taxi man. The suspects, all residents of Supal Street – 27 year old Kareem Williams, 23 year old Cathelee, 19 year old Kevin Alvarez Reyes, 19 year old Keisha Westby, and a standard six student, pleaded not guilty to the charge in the court of Dale Cayetano on Tuesday. However, because the robbery was reportedly committed with a firearm, bail could not be offered to them and so the four adults were remanded to prison, while the minor was remanded to the Belize Youth Hostel. The cab driver, Nestor Galindo claims that after 10:30 on Saturday night, he picked up four persons, three women and one man in front of the Commercial Center and took them to Benbow Street. He says that when they were in the area of Supal Street, one of the women asked him to stop the cab, so that they could get money. The woman then exited the taxi and at the same time, a man approached Galindo’s window and pointed a gun at him. He was reportedly instructed to turn off the car and that was when another man cocked a gun at him, and threatened him not to move. Thankfully, he was not hurt, but they did make off with $120, a cell phone, two car radios and his vehicle battery. None of the items have been recovered. The five suspects are to return to court on June 27.

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