From Good Samaritan to charged for Attempted Murder Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

Edgar FrutosOn Monday, May 6th, 34-year-old Edgar Elmer Frutos, an Angelus Press Technician and Belize City resident, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on charges of attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm.

Frutos appeared before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he was accused of chopping Osmond Romero, on April 27th, 2013, in Belize City. He was remanded to prison until July 4th.

Frutos is accused of chopping up Romero with a machete, causing injuries to the upper part of his body.

In an affidavit for bail to the Supreme Court,  he said, “On April 27th, 2013, around 12:00 midnight, I was driving home along with my wife, when I offered a stranger a lift to Waight Street where I dropped him off but he immediately attempted to forcibly re-enter my car against my will. When I objected, this person started to extract the car keys from my ignition as if though he wanted to kidnap me with my own car. During the struggle, he punched me in my mouth and attacked me with a bottle. While he was still aggressing me with his bottle, in the dark, I had to fire a chop at him in self-defense. I think I caught him in the upper part of the body. That is the only thing I could do to escape this sudden attack. I maintain, I was only acted in necessary self-defense in an unexpected and violent attack at night when this person was also trying to steal my car and possibly kidnap me at the same time. I had my machete in the car.”

When Frutos appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, no plea was taken and due to the nature of the offense, no bail could be granted.
There is no police report as to what the alleged victim, Osmond Romero is saying transpired leading to his allege attacked.