Police detain minors in Carlos Abraham shooting

46 year old Carlos Abraham was shot three times in the neck and arm on Thursday morning while in “enemy territory” talking to a relative on Lakeview Street at its junction with Banak Street, Belize City.
His condition has been stabilized, but the tension in Belize City has not.
On Friday Police called a briefing at the Queen Street Police Station, to update on the progress of the case, and according to investigator and officer commanding Crime Investigation Branch (CIB), Superintendent Hilberto Romero, charges will be filed very soon. He shares more.

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vlcsnap-2014-11-22-05h27m39s229Superintendant Hilberto Romero – Officer Commanding CIB, Eastern Division
“An investigation was carried out, which has led to the detention of two minors, and as soon as the investigation is concluded, we will determine if they will be charged.”

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Reporter
“Sir, explain to me how first of all were the police able to respond quickly enough to apprehend.”.

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Superintendent Hilberto Romero
“Yes, quick police response led to the detention of one of the minors who is now in custody. Police responded adequately and they pursued one person and he was apprehended. There is a patrol closer to the gas station in that area, because the shooting actually happened on Lakeview Street.”

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Reporter
“Sir, explain to me. These young men are gang affiliated? These suspects and the detained person?”

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Superintendent Hilberto Romero
“Yes, we believe they are gang affiliated, the suspects that are in custody.”

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The two male minors currently in detention are thought to be affiliated with the Ghost Town Crips Gang, which has been going through some recent instability, following the exit of leader Roger Anthony, who initially dropped the gang lifestyle, and was then allegedly caught trying to discipline two of his lieutenants, the Meighan brothers, by shooting at their family home.
With Carlos Abraham known to be affiliated with the George Street Gang, it would seem that this is a cut-and-dry gang-related incident.

But police are not so quick to wrap up the case, according to Supt. Romero.

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Superintendent Hilberto Romero
“We are still working on the motive. As soon as we have that we can pass it on, but at this time we are acquiring statements. The shooting happened yesterday, and we’re still working on some statements.
We are still working on establishing if it is those two gangs we mentioned, but we still haven’t conclusively established a motive.”

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What does this mean for the peace and safety of Belize City residents? According to Superintendent Romero police have increased their patrols in the area and rounded up persons who may decide to take retaliation for Abraham’s injury.

 

Superintendent Hilberto Romero
“Yes, the parties involved are gang members, and we have stepped up our patrols. We have put additional personnel in the areas concerned over the weekend and even going towards the month of December. We have several operations to be launched to try and control any further escalation of violence on the streets.”
Police say they have yet to recover the firearm used in the area despite multiple searches. Their investigations continue.

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