Three Guatemalans Detained for Illegal Activities in the Chiquibul

Announcement Date: May 14, 2016

Three Guatemalans Detained for Illegal Activities in the Chiquibul

Belmopan. May 14th, 2016. A joint patrol comprised of officers from the Belize
Defence Force, the Police Department, and Friends for Conservation and
Development encountered a group of 10 – 15 individuals engaged in what appeared
to be illicit gold mining operations in the Ceibo Chico area of the Chiquibul Forest
Reserve. This encounter took place around 7:45 pm yesterday, 13th May, 2016
approximately 7.9 kilometers east of the border. The Belizean patrol detained three
Guatemalan nationals: 23-year-old Carlos Roberto Perez Hernandez, 17-year-old
Edin Alexander Escobar Garcia, and 21-year-old Solomon Martinez Pasqual.
The patrol reported that Carlos Roberto Perez Hernandez advanced towards a
member of the patrol in an aggressive manner with a machete and the officer fired a
warning shot in the air but Hernandez continued to advance. The officer then fired a
second shot in self-defense and wounded Hernandez in his left upper arm. The patrol
rendered first aid to Hernandez’s wound after which all three captives were escorted
to the San Ignacio Police station for processing. Hernandez was taken to the San
Ignacio Hospital where he was treated and released back into police custody. The
investigation into this incident continues.