Wednesday, April 29th, 2015. BMG: The 43rd murder of this year was recorded yesterday in the premier tourist destination of San Pedro Town where a taxi operator was senselessly killed while on duty.
According to island cops, they were alerted of 42 year old Jose Rigoberto Beltran’s motionless body inside his parked taxi in a feeder road in the San Juan Area. Police believe that it is likely Beltran was subdued and taken to that spot and killed.
Police are looking at several angles including robbery and a drug related crime. So far they have detained 5 persons for questioning but none have been formally charged. Jose’s body was found in his van with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Authorities said that they have a boat in custody that they believe was utilized in the suspect fleeing from that area. A day later, their investigations continue. Jose was a member of the San Pedro Airstrip Taxi Association for several years.
Residents on the island say Jose was known as a friendly, reliable taxi operator.
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