Back in December 2016, we had reported on the brutal assault and robbery of a businesswoman in Corozal Town. She had reported that upon arriving home in the Santa Rita Heights area during the night, she was attacked by a gun-toting male person. Tonight we can report that 10 days ago the same businesswoman was the target of yet another violent assault outside her home.
The victim, who requested to remain anonymous due to concerns about her safety, shared that on Saturday, April 7th, she and a female friend parked outside their home and just as they were about to go inside, they were approached by two armed men wearing masks on their faces who launched a vicious assault on both of them. The victim we spoke to suffered large cuts on her face and forehead, while her friend had severe bruises on her face.
The businesswoman said that after the attacker took her purse which contained her phone, Canadian passport, and up to $14,000 in cash, they were left behind ailing from their injuries.
The Police arrived and were able to take both women to the hospital. There they were treated for their injuries. The businesswoman received eleven stitches for the injuries on her forehead, while her Canadian friend was treated for bruises and scratches.
The businesswoman who after the last assault in 2016 had been very outspoken about her concerns about the lack of progress in that investigation, once more shared that she doesn’t feel that the Police authorities are doing enough to find the culprits in this latest attack. She explained that 10 days since the incident, she has not been contacted by the investigative officer to know how the case is developing.
The Canadian businesswoman who has been living in Belize for over 12 years, also shared that the continuous attacks on foreigners can have adverse effect on Corozal’s small tourism industry. Her friend who was attacked has already left Belize, despite having a home in Corozal Town.
The businesswoman shared that this is the 6th time that she is being robbed with various degrees of violence. It is also the third passport that has been stolen as a result, which has complicated matters, since the last time she requested a passport due to it having been stolen, she was warned by Canadian officials that it is the last time it will be replaced.
While we understand that Police are investigating the report, we point out that the media’s requests for information of this incident have gone unanswered. Sources say the authorities suspect that men who pulled off the violent assault on the two women may be the same ones who held up the Gas Tomza butane substation along the Antonio Sosa Drive just outside the Altamira area of Corozal Town three days later.