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Police make more arrests in Jerry Espat’s murder and ambush of fishermen in waters near San Pedro

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2021. 9:44 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Police have formally arrested and charged 22-year-old Pedro Tun of San Pedro Town, and 36-year-old Sergio Luis Tun also of San Pedro Town jointly for two counts of Attempted Murder, two counts of Use of Deadly Means of Harm and one count of Grievous Harm.

They join 34 year old Gabriel Villafranco, fisherman of San Mateo Area, San Pedro Town, as accused in connection with Saturday’s ambush at Cangrejo Caye, southeast of Ambergris Caye.

Villafranco is accused of Murder, Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm and Wounding.

While a group of men were out diving for conch they were ambushed by two groups in different boats. At least four were shot, one of whom, Jerry Espat, subsequently went under and died. His body was found on Sunday morning. The others received various injuries and were all hospitalized.

Police continue to search for the others involved, some already known by name.


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