Police Officer Arrested in Robbery

A Deputy Commissioner of Police was arrested yesterday in western Honduras with more than five other individuals who were caught after hijacking a cargo of coffee on Sunday. The officer was identified as Fredy Alexander Espinal Montoya, who is assigned to headquarters on the north coast of Honduras. Espinal Montoya is accused of participating in the theft of more than 300 pounds of coffee, valued at more than 600 thousand Lempiras, owned by the Jesus de Otoro cooperative.

The vehicle was intercepted at the bridge La Gloria, near Jesus Otoro. On Tuesday, officials of the National Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DNIC) seized the vehicle containing the cargo of coffee in the Macuelizo community, where the perpetrators were captured.

Espinal Montoya, Tabora Antonio Perez, Oscar Nunez Robles, Alfredo Castellanos, Melvin Salazar Carvajal, and Amado Antonio Benitez, aka “Pichet” were arrested. Griselda Soriano, police spokeswoman, said Tabora Perez has two arrest warrants out on charges of fraud. According to the DNIC, Salazar Carvajal is suspected of being a hired killer, and Antonio Benitez has an arrest warrant out in San Pedro Sula for the crime of murder.

Soriano said the group, led by the police deputy, was involved in numerous robberies throughout the La Esperanza, Comayagua, and Siguatepeque areas.

On Tuesday, yet another police officer was arrested at the exit to Valle de Angeles, after robbing a bank northwest of Tegucigalpa.

2 Responses to "Police Officer Arrested in Robbery"

  1. Axel Reyes Bogran  December 31, 2009 at 7:36 am

    miraclemant, this is most likelly a typo, which happens a lot in the news in Honduras latelly, somehow the editing and proof reading quality has dimished over the last few years.

    The real bad part is that so many officers have turned bad.

    But the good thing is that other sections of the police are capturing the criminals.

    I hope is the new trend.

  2. miraclemant  December 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    this article makes absolutely no sense at all ! ! !

    let’s do the math;

    300,000L = $31,789 USD
    $31,789 / 300 lbs coffee = $105.96/Lb.

    So… since when is coffee worth over $105 (2,000L) per pound????

    the answer……… NEVER!!!!!!!!

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