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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 7:59 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: San Ignacio Police is on the trail of four armed men who robbed and assaulted 49-year-old shopkeeper Botai Chen, of Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo District, on Monday night, June 22, around 7:35 p.m.

Chen, proprietor of Chen’s Supermarket, told police he had been talking to two employees inside the store when his attention was drawn to two men who had entered. One was dark-skinned and without a mask while the other was Hispanic and wore a white shirt. The Hispanic man retrieved some beer from the cooler and handed it to his colleague before inquiring of the price.

Shortly thereafter two other Hispanic men entered and looked around, whereas the first man then asked for a bottle of Campari rum. Chen retrieved the bottle and as he turned around, he faced the wrong end of a .9mm pistol.

The armed man forced him to walk to the counter entrance and kneel, then they closed the shutters on the main entrance, tied Chen and his employees’ hands behind their backs and demanded money. Chen sustained cut wounds on the upper right arm and a small cut wound to the right side of the face from being slashed with a knife and hit by the gun. The robbers refused to believe him when he said the money is in the draw and they took him to a back room which they ransacked but didn’t find anything of value in.

Eventually, the group took $2,000 cash; and 3 packs of Milport cigarettes worth $15.00, three litres Campari totalling $98.85, one quart Campari valued at $28.95 and one I-Phone brand Apple without chip valued at $2,000. They also removed the digital video recording (DVR) of the security cameras before escaping.

Police investigations continue.

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