Three Mexican Nationals who were on a ride for peace, a journey that began in Cuernavaca Mexico and is scheduled to take them by road to Argentina, were attacked and robbed in the Stann Creek District. It is alleged that the three riders, Roberto Cervantes a Mechanical Engineer and Red Cross Volunteer, Roberto Vivero, a Red Cross Paramedic, and the other man identified as Allan, a Social Worker and Rotaract International Director, were on their way to a host family in Dangriga where they were scheduled to stay the weekend. Upon reaching an area around Middlesex Village on the Hummingbird Highway, they were ambushed by three men who came out of a red car and were wearing stockings on their heads. The three men, two of which were identified by the riders to be of dark complexion, came wielding a gun and a machete and knocked Cervantes and Vivero off their bicycles. Allan, the third rider was lagging behind so he managed to evade the attack. Reports are that the men were taken into the bushes where they were stripped of a number of items including two laptops, two cameras, a first aid kit, a kit containing their toiletries and one hundred Belize dollars along with a passport. While this was taking place, the third rider managed to ride away from the scene unnoticed. Soon after, the men are said to have alerted a police vehicle that was passing by but they couldn’t catch up to the perpetrators who had made good their escape. According to Mexican Newspaper, PULSO, the victims said they are in good health however, they said that their project is threatened in its continuity due to the fact that the criminals got away with their digital equipment. The newspaper article goes on to say that the men reported the matter to the local police and the Mexican Embassy in Belize and that they will remain in the country in hopes of replacing their digital equipment. Love News understands that the men managed to maintain their credit cards which were on their person at the time.
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