By Ingrid Fernandez, Staff Reporter
A joint operation between the Mexican police of Chetumal, Quintana Roo and Belizean police of Orange Walk town has led to the capture of the man wanted for the murder of the Vice Chairman of Indian Church village, Orange Walk.
59 year-old Juan Carlos Lopez Rodriguez, a Salvadoran national, was apprehended in the Mexican village of Allende on January 28th, at around 2:00 p.m.
Police had distributed wanted posters and picture files in the northern towns and Mexican communities adjoined to Belize.
According to police, the Mexican people from surrounding towns and villages prompted the police about Allende’s presence.
Mexican police informed Belizean authorities and together they apprehended Rodriguez. He was apprehended while returning from cutting cane.
He will be presented at the Magistrate’s Court to be charged with murder, which carries a sentence of up to 25 years.
Rodriguez was wanted by Orange Walk police since January 16th for the gruesome murder of Francisco Arevalo. Arevalo was chopped to death, presumably with a machete. His death was the result of a love triangle relationship with Rodriguez’s girlfriend.