“Bullet’s” breakdown backfires

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reporter

Popular Belize City taxi man Roy “Bullet” Craig was arrested and charged this week for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy but in defending himself publicly, Craig caused an even bigger uproar, especially on social media, spawning dozens of memes and harsh criticisms regarding the incident.

According to police, cops responded to a 911 tip and found Craig inside a hotel room with the minor last Thursday night. Craig, who runs his taxi from the Cinderella Plaza taxi-stand, was subsequently charged on Saturday with ‘sexual assault upon a minor’.

Police reported that around 9:00 p.m., on January 5th, officers found Craig and the minor completely nude inside room number 30 of Honey’s Hotel located on Dolphin Drive in Belize City.
In his statement to police, the 16-year-old boy, who is also reportedly mentally challenged, claimed that around 7:00 that night, while he was walking home on Cesar Ridge road he met Craig who held him by his shirt collar and asked him if he wanted to go to a hotel.

The minor further alleged that Craig drove to an ATM and then to a restaurant where he purchased some beers and thereafter drove to the motel where he proceeded to make payments for the room.
The minor reported that while inside the room, Craig consumed some of the beers and offered him some, after which he put on a condom and attempted to engage in an unnatural act with him, which was interrupted by a knock at the door.

In the wake of bad publicity and following his arraignment, Craig made media rounds giving his version of events, in which he claimed to be the victim of a political conspiracy to tarnish his reputation. Craig said he believes that the minor was set up by the People’s United Party (PUP), since he is known to be a supporter of the United Democratic Party.
According to Craig’s version of events, while he was at the Yarborough Field giving away prize money to children playing basketball, he attempted to leave for home but was followed by the minor who claimed that he could not go home because his mother was out.

Craig alleges that he kept urging the minor to go home and after driving around for sometime he drove to the hotel where he made payments for the room so that he could use the bathroom, take a shower and a nap.
Craig further claimed that upon reaching room, he was still not able to avoid the young boy’s company.

“After a little while, 10-15 minutes or so, while I was upstairs, the police came and when the police came I opened the door right away. They found me on the toilet, that’s where they found me and the little boy was fully dressed,” Craig told the media.

When asked why he didn’t take the minor to a police station, Craig said he did not think of doing so. When asked why he would pay for a hotel room to take a shower and use the bathroom instead of going to his home, a short distance away from the hotel, Craig responded: “…Where I live there, it’s crowded and they have one single bathroom.”

LGBT activist, Caleb Orozco was also dragged into the Craig saga at one point. Orozco’s attorney, however, demanded an apology from a popular news station who referred to Orozco as Craig’s stepson and concluded that Orozco would be an “ardent lobbyist in his corner”.

Orozco was able to get his apology, but said he was not happy about being dragged into the situation even though he confirmed that Craig was involved in a 20-year relationship with his mother. He added, though, that he would never support someone who would allegedly take advantage of an mentally disabled child.

On Monday, ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC-CIB, Belize City told the media that investigations are ongoing as police are still trying to determine whether the minor was forcefully abducted by Craig or if he went voluntarily.

During his arraignment, Craig pleaded not guilty and was offered bail of $5,000 on the condition that he does not go within 100 feet of the complainant, or contact him or any member of his family.

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