Posted: Monday, June 27, 2022. 2:33 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Police have arrested and charged three Belize City men for prohibited weaponry and ammunition after a wild chase on Saturday night in the Yabra area, and believe they may have prevented a potential shooting incident, robbery, or murder.
The accused are Mauri Leslie, Jaheim Flowers, and Charles Middleton. All three are jointly charged with possession of a prohibited firearm – a nine-millimeter calibre “Uzi” sub-machine gun – for the benefit of a gang; keeping a prohibited firearm without a gun license; and keeping ammunition without a gun license for the 14 rounds in a magazine found with the weapon. Police also found warm caps and a hooded jacket; this leads them to believe these were disguises to be used by the trio.
Flowers and Leslie have been separately charged with being a member of a gang; Middleton had previously been convicted of this charge in December of 2020.
As narrated by Assistant Superintendent of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, “Police were patrolling on Caesar Ridge [Road] heading toward the Yabra Bridge area, where they saw a silver Infiniti QFX travelling in the opposite direction at high speed without headlights; they immediately turned on their overhead lights and the driver, instead of coming to a stop, sped off, hitting another SUV, a black vehicle that was travelling in the same direction they were.”
The Infiniti crashed into a chain-link and concrete fence and a total of five men got out. They sprinted down toward Club Bizzo (formerly Bismark Night Club) with police in pursuit. They also dumped the bag containing the gun and magazine, caps and jacket.
Police from Precinct One, assisted by members of the Gang Intelligence, Investigation and Interdiction Unit, used non-lethal force to apprehend the trio of Leslie, Flowers and Middleton inside the nightclub, but two others escaped and are still being sought. Leslie surrendered without incident but Flowers sought to disguise himself inside the nightclub by holding a mop and pretending to clean, while Middleton tried to fool officers by pretending to be the club DJ.
However, according to ASP Yearwood, officers got a good look at all three as they left the vehicle and didn’t fall for their tricks. Investigations continue.
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