PC Jesus Marroquin Granted Bail Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

Police Constable, Jesus Marroquin, is out on the streets after he was released on bail by Justice Traodio Gonzalez. Marroquin is accused of the attempted murder of 19-year-old Elston Arnold.

Arnold claims that at about 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014 he and three cousins had just left a wake for a friend in Ontario Village and were riding bicycles toward Mount Hope when they saw a brown Mahindra Police pick-up truck passing by. A few minutes later, as they were riding in front of Hill Top Bar, the police truck came back and four officers exited. The officers conducted searches on Arnold and his cousins but nothing illegal was found. Arnold said his cousin Calbert told officer Ricky Valencia that they are from the same Village and he shouldn’t be treating them badly. According to Arnold, Ricky Valencia then shouted something to Calbert who rode off on his bicycle. The police officers jumped into the mobile and chased down Calbert. Arnold says he saw when Valencia knocked Calbert off his bike and started to beat him on the ground. Another officer assisted Valencia and that’s when Arnold and his cousins approached. They were stopped by an officer they know as Ernesto who pulled out a shotgun. Arnold says he was standing over his bicycle when he heard a loud bang and felt pain in the lower part of the back. The officers provided no assistance to Arnold; instead, they drove off after the shot was fired. A Justice of the Peace from the area rushed Arnold to the Western Regional Hospital where he was treated and transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. At the KHMH, he had surgery to remove several pellets from his body.

On June 6, Police Constable Jesus Marroquin, Police Corporal Ricky Valencia, Police Constable Maxwell Valerio and Special Constable Ernesto Budna were charged in connection with the incident. Valencia, Valerio and Budna were charged with harm. Marroquin was charged with attempted murder as police believe he was the one who shot Arnold. Marroquin had been on remand at the Belize Central Prison, but on Friday, June 20, his attorney, Kevin Arthurs, applied for bail on his behalf at the Supreme Court. Arthurs says he is in possession of the police report and his client has been charged for a crime he did not do; therefore, the court was obliged to offer him bail. Justice Gonzalez offered bail in the sum of $8,000 plus one surety of the same amount or 2 sureties of $4,000. Justice Gonzalez set conditions to bail. Marroquin must report to the San Ignacio Police Station every Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; he must surrender all traveling documents; he is to make no contact with police witnesses; he must appear before the Cayo Magistrates Court on all adjournments and he must not be charged for any other offense while out on bail.

Marroquin is no stranger to the other side of the law. While stationed in Ladyville Village he was accused of shooting a mentally challenged man, Egbert Gordon Jr., who later succumbed to his injury. Marroquin was questioned in relation to that shooting but never charged.