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Screen_Shot_2016-03-29_at_7.45.45_PMAn 18 year old individual is tonight recuperating at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was assaulted over the Easter weekend.

Reports are that on Sunday at around 8:30 p.m. police received information of an altercation on Mahogany Street in Trail Farm Village in Orange Walk involving several youths from the area. When police arrived they found 18 year old Luis Fernando Lopez in a ditch bleeding profusely from injuries to his head and body.

He was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital suffering from head trauma, broken right rib, stab wound on the right leg and a broken jaw. Lopez was then transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a critical condition. One witness to the attack told our news team that she was at home when she heard the commotion; she said that she saw one individual being attacked by a group of boys who are known to cause trouble in the area.

Eye Witness

“Miramos, yo salí también cuando el salió, miramos como estaban pegando a un muchacho y estaba todo su grupo de ellos lo estaban patoteando, tirando, arrastrado con botella de licor le estaban dando y tenían machete y todo el tiempo ellos son así y nunca hacen nada los vecinos tienen miedo y hasta a mí ya me han amenazado que van a matar a mis hijos y ayer quieran pegar a mi sobrino y mi esposo fue a hablar con ellos y le dijeron que se recuerde el que tiene familia entonces la policía nunca hace nada entonces para que esta la justicia para que esta.”

According to the witness, the group of young men who attacked Lopez, are part of a gang, who are constantly causing havoc in the community and while several reports have been launched at the Orange Walk Police station, nothing is being done.

Eye Witness

“Todo el tiempo el tiempo son los que dan problema y la policía lo sabe, la policía nunca hace nada siempre ellos esta con problema, problema y problema y nunca hacen nada y yo quiero pedir a la policía que trate de hacer su trabajo bien porque eso ya miro que ya llevaron a un muchacho y eso va a seguir, seguir, y seguir ahora que yo estoy viniendo hablar aquí no sé qué puede pasar y al rato que a mí me pase algo a mí a mi familia y a mi esposo y ellos ya saben que ellos ya amenazaron a mi esposo y si me pasa algo a mí solo pueden ser ellos que lastimen a nosotros.”

Today when we visited the Orange Walk Police Station, Superintendent Selvin Tillett told us that while they have gotten reports of gang activities in the area, they have only been able to arrest and charge two individuals in connection with Sunday’s incident.

Superintendent Selvin Tillett – Orange Walk Branch formation

“Information is that there is a group of youths in the village causing havoc we are carrying a thorough investigation into this and whosever needs to be arrested and charge will be done when the time is appropriate.  Police have formally arrested and charged Elizabeth O’brien and Gabriel Santos for the crime of grievous harm we have information that there are other persons involved in this latest incident but as I told you earlier we are still conducting investigation and we expect to arrest other people in that same incident.”

According to Tillett, police have been conducting regular patrols in the area to deter criminal activity and is asking the residents of the area for assistance in capturing all individuals involved in Sunday’s incident.

Superintendent Selvin Tillett – Orange Walk Branch formation

“We make regular patrols in the area but as you know as the AC police they run almost every time I wouldn’t say everybody but there a few persons who hide these individuals from the police or they might not cooperate fully we are all asking the public help us to fight crime with your assistance the police can go a long way in trying to protect you your property and your loves ones but we need your help.”

Luis Fernando Lopez is currently at the KHMH listed in a stable condition.

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