Man charged for robbery of couple

Monday, October 19th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: 20 year old Abel Amado Lara has been charged with the robbery of a couple sitting in a car on Raccoon Street in September.

On September 19, Roberta Flowers and Harvin Valentine at about 9:00 robbery bannerp.m., whilst inside their car which parked in front of a house on Raccoon Street Extension, a fair-skinned man who was about 5 feet 6 inches approached them with a handgun and robbed first Flowers, then Valentine before escaping.

Police last week Wednesday, October 14, 2014, got a break in the case after the victims saw Lara at around 5:15 that day on Nurse Findley Crescent and positively identified him as their attacker. Police arrested and charged Lara with two counts of robbery.

Flowers lost one heart and X gold chain with matching heart value $2,500, one Wesley College 2011 graduation gold ring with initials, RD value $500, an engagement gold ring with white stone value $400, along with a heart ruby gold ring value $150 along with a gold plated watch value $40.00, all to a total of $3,590.00.

Stolen from Harvin Valentine was a gold chain with cross medal value $2,500.00 and a silver and black diamond wrist watch value $1,000. Lara who was unrepresented appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith in Court #1 where he pleaded not guilty to both charges. But do the police have the right robber?

Lara’s father, who is a well-known cyclist says that his son was not the robber as he was with him on September 19, 2015 which is the father’s birthday. He is acquiring an attorney to apply for bail.

Due to the nature of the offenses, bail was denied to Lara and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until January 12, 2016.

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