A family in Dangriga is tonight demanding answers after their loved one was found dead shortly after he escaped from Police custody. 27 year old Tyson Rodriguez was detained on Friday morning after an armed robbery report made by a Canadian man and his wife but by Friday night, his body was discovered floating in Placencia.
According to the Canadian couple, aat around 8pm that evening, they were walking in a plantain area when they were attacked and robbed by three dark complexion men. During the assault, the men reportedly became viciously aggressive, breaking the woman’s jaw and almost drowning her husband by ducking him under water several times.
The husband says that after being beaten, they were forced to take their attackers to their home where they were tied up as their home was burglarized. The culprits then escaped in the couple’s white GMC Envoy vehicle, heading south.
On Friday at about 9:30 a.m., police attached to Customs called the Corozal Police Station requesting assistance in pursuing a white GMC Envoy SUV, occupied by two dark complexion male persons. In response police officers were deployed to the location and upon reaching about 100 yards into a feeder road off Chan Chen Road between the villages of Xaibe and Patchakan they met up with Customs Patrol where they discovered the vehicle abandoned. While such vehicle was taken to the Corozal Police Station through Xaibe Village, Customs officials identified one of the men sitting at the bus stop near the Xaibe Roman Catholic School. As the suspect spotted the Police, he reportedly attempted to run into the school compound. The cops and Customs officials, with assistance from the villagers, set a dramatic run after him into some high bushes adjacent to the school compound. During the chase, a police officer fired a single warning shot in the air which caused the man to fall to the ground and surrendered.
The runaway was identified as Mr.Tyson Rodriguez. Mr. Tyson was later transported to Placencia by Placencia Police. He was interrogated until about 10:00 pm. According to authorities, he soon agreed to take the police to an area in Placencia. The law enforcement officers handcuffed and placed him in the pan of a pickup truck, but while en route to the location, just before reaching Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia, Rodriguez reportedly jumped out of the pan of the pick -up truck and escaped.
Upon brushing the area, Police say two Hispanic male persons reported seeing the body of a male person, floating in the water about ½ mile south of the Police Station. The body turned out to be that of Rodriguez. What exactly happened to Rodriguez is not certain, but several persons are already pointing fingers at the Police Department, alleging that they may have had something to do with his death.
Based on the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of Mr. Tyson Rodriquez, the Commissioner of Police has since launched an internal and criminal investigation into the matter led by Assistant superintendent of Police Humberto Romero of the Criminal Investigations Branch and assistant Commissioner of Police Noel Leal of the Professional Standards Branch respectively.
This evening we spoke with Minister of National Security, the Hon. Saldivar, who says that no stone will be left unturned in finding out how the 27 year old died.
Hon. John Saldivar- Minister of National Security
“The minute we learnt about his death and the minute we learnt of his contact with the police and being at the custody of the police at some point, we instituted immediately, a police investigation into the matter. No stone will be left unturned to find out what has occurred there, and if there is some police officer or officers that are responsible for his death, they will be brought to justice”.
According to an autopsy performed on the body of the now departed Rodriguez, he died from ASPHYXIATION BY BRONCHEAL ASPIRATION SAND – BEACH TYPE AND MULTIPLE TRAUMATISM TO CHEST – TRAUMA TYPE. The family of Tyson Rodriguez has acquired the legal assistance of an attorney. Ms. Shephard released a statement on Monday evening, affirming that those injuries suggest that Rodriquez’s head was ducked sand until he could not breathe and thus sand was found in his trachea and bronchial passage. In the meantime, Police say they have a suspect in connection to the home invasion in custody and are seeking another who they believe can assist in this matter.