By Benjamin Flowers
A home invasion in Belize City on Wednesday left one man dead and another – a well-known doctor, in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).
Dr. Marcus Rugama, urologist, was admitted to ward on Wednesday with a single stab wound to the chest, while his associate, Ian Blair, an employee of the Zero Degrees ice cream parlor, died as a result of his injuries.
Reports are that around 1:40 a.m. two men entered Rugama’s home at #6 Simon Lamb Street, and began assaulting Blair.
Hearing the commotion, Rugama, who was hanging out clothes on the back veranda, came inside and began throwing appliances at the assailants to get them off of Blair.
When they turned their attention to Rugama, Blair ran into the bedroom where he collapsed. Meanwhile, one of the men inflicted the stab wound to Rugama.
The burglars then made off with a flat screen TV from Rugama’s living room, escaping through the front door.
The Police Department, through quick response to the report, managed to recover the TV and detain three people in connection with the incident. Police are also questioning two more persons to assist with the investigation.
Police suspect that a firearm was also involved in the incident.
Rugama is one of the country’s two urologists, and sees patients both at the KHMH and privately. He also works in collaboration with many of the country’s healthcare providers, including the Belize Medical Associates. He also does work in Chetumal, Mexico.