Kidnapping and robbery in Ranchito Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:00

A report was made by Emil Rosado, a 23-year-old cane farmer of Ranchito Village, Eder Hall, a 26-year-old land consultant of Ramirez Layout, and Eliazar Hall, a 31-year-old farmer of Chan Chen on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. They reported that while conducting a vehicle transaction in Ranchito with Jeffery Gongora, three men held them up with weapons, tied them up, stole $13,000, $3,100 worth of jewelry, a Galaxy S6 Edge cellular phone, and a Gucci wallet valued at $600.

Rosado and Eliazar were put in the trunk of a blue Infinity car with license plate CZL-C04988 while Eder was placed in the backseat of the car. They were driven up the Phillip Goldson Highway. Upon reaching Carolina Village, Eder was able to untie himself. He reportedly managed to take a handgun from one of his kidnappers. The vehicle came to a stop and Eder chased one of his assailants while the others in the vehicle sped off. The vehicle came to a stop at a pedestrian crossing in Calcutta. At this point, the other two victims were able to free themselves from the trunk.

Gongora and another man, Brian Espinoza, were reportedly ahead of the blue Infinity in a grey Nissan Xterra. The Infinity was reportedly being driven by Elijio Lopez, 45-years-old. The victims called for police assistance and the SUV was pursued where it was later found abandoned at a farm in Shipyard. From the SUV, police retrieved a black Smith and Wesson .45 pistol along with a magazine containing three live rounds.

On May 3, police visited the Port Saul area in Corozal Town where Jason Espinosa, a 23-year-old labourer of Corozal, was detained pending kidnapping and robbery charges. Espinosa took police to 2nd Street South behind the residence of Elvin Conorquie, 42-years-old, where he retrieved and handed over a bag containing a gold chain and a ring identified as the stolen items. Espinosa along with Elijio Lopez have since been charged with robbery and kidnapping. Police are still seeking Jeffery Gongora and Brian Espinoza in connection with this incident.