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46-year-old man dead after alleged break-in at Secret Beach Cabanas

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2024. 7:41 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: A deadly shooting at the popular Secret Beach area in Ambergris Caye has resulted in the death of 46-year-old Steven Francis Arceo. Authorities are investigating the incident, which took place late Thursday night.

At approximately 9:45 PM, police responded to a report of a shooting at Secret Beach Cabanas. Upon arrival, officers encountered 27-year-old Alexi Marcelo Chavarria, the manager of the cabanas, who resided at the location.

In the kitchen area of the building, police discovered the body of Arceo, a vendor from the San Mateo area of San Pedro Town. He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was found hanging through a glass window.

According to Chavarria, he was awakened by his common-law wife around 8:57 PM due to noises coming from the verandah. Fearing an intrusion, Chavarria armed himself with his licensed 9mm pistol and investigated the source of the noise. He reported hearing noises at the glass sliding door and the main door, followed by a loud bang from the kitchen.

Chavarria claims he saw Arceo attempting to enter the house through a window. Despite shouting at Arceo to stop, Chavarria alleges that Arceo continued climbing through the window, leading Chavarria to fire six shots. Arceo was struck and became motionless, with his upper body inside the house and his legs hanging outside.

Crime scene investigators processed the scene, recovering six expended 9x19mm shell casings. The firearm used, along with its magazine containing eight live rounds, was retrieved. Arceo’s body was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic, where he was pronounced dead early Friday morning.

Chavarria is cooperating with police as they continue to gather statements and evidence to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

 

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