By Marion Ali
A retired US citizen was stabbed at his house in Punta Gorda on Saturday night and died on Sunday night while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City.
Officer Commanding the PG police formation, Superintendent Simeon Alvarez told the Reporter on Tuesday that at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, police received a 911 emergency call of someone in distress at his residence in the Hopeville area, suffering from stab wounds to the chest and neck.
He said when they arrived at the residence, the victim, 69 year-old Thomas Paul Rockowski, a naturalized Belizean, told police he was inside his bedroom when three men entered his house by prying open the screen door and stabbed him.
Rockowski was first taken to the PG community hospital before he was transferred to the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga and later to the KHMH, where he died. Before he passed away, Rockowski told police that he did not know his attackers by name, but that if he had seen their faces again, he could have identified them.
Police have detained three persons, one of whom is known to police. Investigators do not believe that robbery was the motive since nothing was taken from the home. They also do not know if any of the murderers had a dispute with the victim, but say that they are all from the same area.
Rockowski had been living in PG for over 20 years and had been living alone. His relatives in the US have been notified of his murder.