Site Meter
Send Us An Email
Panama Guide

Welcome to Panama Guide
Monday, August 26 2019 @ 12:31 am EDT

View Printable Version

Alleged Kidnapping Gang Captured By The National Police

Crime & Punishment

Today, the National Police made a raid in Calle 17, Rio Abajo, where they managed to capture an alleged Gang dedicated to kidnapping people.

According to police units, they were tracking this band from several weeks ago.

The arrest occurred in one of the villages of the sector, they also seized $1700.

The National Police reported the detainees allegedly kidnapped two Hindus and a rancher.

Among the subjects arrested was Alcibiades Rojas, striker from the Sporting San Miguelito and player of the Panama National Team.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Police Operations Made At Los Libertadores

Crime & Punishment

Today, the National Police made operations in the buildings "Los Libertadores", located on Avenida Tumba Muerto.

During the police operation, about 7 people were detained for verification, a gun, a laptop and a checkbook were seized.

The National Police reports some tenants of these buildings are dedicated to the sale of drugs and gun trafficking.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

4 Criminals Arrested In La Chorrera

Crime & Punishment

Today, units of the National Police managed to capture 4 subjects who allegedly stole money from the owner of an auto parts selling shop in Avenida Libertador, district of La Chorrera.

The owner of the place notified the police as they were making an operation near the place and they immediately started chasing the car where the criminals were in.

When the vehicle was checked, a gun, ammunitions and part of the stolen money was found, it was also reported the car was a rental vehicle.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Subjects Attempted To Kidnap A Minor In El Bosque

Crime & PunishmentSome subjects tried to kidnap a minor in El Bosque, San Miguelito in the morning.

Preliminary reports state that a 15-year-old minor was in the garage of his house when some subjects stepped out of their vehicle to try and capture him; however, when they saw the police they decided not to do so.

A police operation was organized immediately afterwards in several points of the neighborhood to try and locate the kidnappers. (Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Subjects Tried To Sexually Abuse A Woman At A Push Botton

Crime & Punishment

Today, a few subjects tried to sexually abuse a woman at a Push Botton in Transistmica.

The workers at the site heard the cries of the woman and warned to the authorities, these arrived to the place and noticed the young woman was gagged, and the subjects had left.

The subjects allegedly took the woman by force, The National Police began investigations and operations in order to capture these subjects.(Dia a Dia)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Shootout In Costa Del Este

Crime & PunishmentA child’s birthday party was abruptly interrupted after the father of the minor was attacked by some subjects in Costa del Este.

According to a witness, the father of the child was called by some subjects while he was celebrating the first birthday of his son.

When he left, the subjects shot him in the head, and the victim was immediately taken to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Police Units went to the place and started searching around the area to find the assaulters. (Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

A Man Was Found Dead Inside A Push Button In Tocumen

Crime & PunishmentThe body of a Colombian man was found on Sunday by the cleaning staff of the push button “Jardines de Venus," located at Avenida Domingo Díaz in Tocumen.

The corpse was identified as Johnny H. Navia of 32 years old, who lived in Brisas del Golf and was reported as missing since Friday by his relatives.

The authorities found out he was last seen in Carrasquilla.

According to the staff from the Judicial Investigation Department (DIJ), Navia’s body was lying on the bed with a gunshot to the head and the weapon that was allegedly used to kill him was found next to him. The Rav 4 he used to drive around was returned to his relatives. (Telemetro)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Rapist Arrested By GAS Units In Calidonia

Crime & Punishment

Yesterday, a rapist who was being sought by the authorities was arrested while hiding in San Miguel, district of Calidonia.

The subject, whose identity was not revealed, was arrested by the units of the Service Support Group (GAS) of the National Police, he was detained along with ten other subjects during a police operation made at the building El Imperio.

A 9mm handgun was also found lying on the pavement on the back of the building, along with 29 ammunitions and an empty provider.(Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

3 People Arrested For Alleged Involvement In A Murder In La Chorrera

Crime & Punishment

Today, The National Police and the DIP of La Chorrera confirmed the arrest of 2 men and a pregnant woman for allegedly being involved in a homicide reported on September 23rd.

The capture of these people was made by three different operations in the areas of ​​La Pesa, Bello Horizonte and Villa del Carmen, all located in La Chorrera.

Gregorio Alvarado, Deputy Commissioner of the area, said the community collaborated in the process of locating these subjects.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

$41 Thousand Were Seized From A Mexican Woman Who Was Hiding It In Her Private Area

Crime & PunishmentInspectors from the National Authority of Customs in Panama (ANA) seized a total of 41,500 dollars from a Mexican tourist who was hiding this money in her intimate area, according to the Panamanian entity.

The foreign visitor, not identified, was approached by Customs agents who perceived her “suspicious attitude” upon her arrival at the International Airport of Tocumen, in the city, from Mexico, according to a statement from the ANA.

After a new inspection they found she had a condom with an “incredible amount of non-declared cash for a total of 41,500 (dollars) in her private areas," according to the statement.

The money was retained and the traveler will be questioned to formalize the criminal customs process, according to official information.

The Mexican tourist broke the customs law that forces every person who enters the country to declare how much they are carrying in case they have more than 10,000 dollars, in cash or assets, which is enough reason to seize the money and apply the pertinent sanctions. (Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

4 Subjects Arrested In La Chorrera For Transporting 2 Kidnapped Persons

Crime & Punishment

Today, 2 subjects of San Miguel and 2 subjects of El Chorrillo were arrested as they prepared to move 2 kidnapped persons to Puerto Caimito.

The subjects were driving two trucks in Cerro Campana, district of Capira, bound for the Chiriqui province, when they were stopped and arrested by the National Police at a checkpoint in La Chorrera.  

Domingo Espitia, police chief in the area of La Chorrera, reported a white car was also seized to be verified by the authorities.(Dia a Dia)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

National Police Lieutenant Received 4 Shots In Samaria

Crime & Punishment

The National Police Lieutenant Oscar Rodriguez, was shot four times by a subject who tried to steal his gun and money in La Turin, Samaria, district of San Miguelito.

The police unit was driving to work when he was shot, but he responded to the aggression and shot the subject.

The victim was taken to the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital, where his condition remains delicate at the moment.

It was reported the National Police managed to capture the offender who had a gunshot wound, but minutes after entering the hospital he died.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

4 Subjects Detained After Police Chase In Betania

Crime & Punishment

Today, Units of the National Police arrested 4 subjects after they attempted to flee aboard a vehicle in Betania.

The police chase ended at the bridge over the Transístimica road, by the National Brewery, where the suspects lost control of the vehicle and collided with a guardrail.

After the collision, the suspects tried to escape by running away from the place of crash, however they were detained by the police.

The suspects were turned over to the authorities, while investigating what was their purpose with the vehicle they were driving.(TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

A Man Was Found Dead Inside An SUV In Capira

Crime & PunishmentThe body of a man was found gagged and with signs of torture inside an abandoned vehicle in the community of Villa Carmen, district of Capira. Further details about the man remain unknown.

The vehicle, a green SUV, was abandoned in a dark area and full of pastures, a bit far away from the residence, according to details provided by TVN News.

Residents from a lot in the area said the vehicle was placed there since early in the morning and when they looked through the windows they saw the body of the man, and informed the authorities right away. (Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Messenger Stole $48 Thousand From His Own Company In The Colon Free Trade Zone

Crime & Punishment

Yesterday, a messenger from a company located in the Colon Free Trade Zone stole $48 thousand.

Apparently, he was assigned to deposit $48 thousand in a bank in the city of Colon, but reported he was assaulted and reported the money as stolen.

After police investigations and operations they arrested the messenger, who confessed he had stolen the money.

The units of the National Police have recovered $40 thousand so far, $8 thousand are still missing.(Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Subject Recaptured By The National Police In Cocle

Crime & Punishment

Today, 41 year old Enrique Leovaldo Tuñón, was recaptured by units of the National Police in Cocle.

Tuñón, who's accused of murder and armed robbery, escaped the Santo Tomas Hospital on April 2nd.

The subject was living in the community of El Calabazo #2, township of Piedras Gordas, in the district of La Pintada, the authorities made a raid on the residence where the offender was.

Tuñón was transferred to the prison in Penonomé, where they are performing administrative tasks for his transfer to the capital city.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

A Gang Dedicated To Human Trafficking Was Disbanded By The Police

Crime & PunishmentA group dedicated to human trafficking was disbanded by the Prosecutor against Organized Drug at a brothel in Avenida B.

TVN found out there were 24 foreign women in the place, and according to the authorities, they were subjected to sexual exploitation.

The women in the place were Dominican, Colombian and Panamanian, and were sent to the Legal Medicine Institute for a medical exam and are currently in a facility handled by the Prosecutor.

The owner of the establishment, a Chinese businessman and the administrator are arrested, while other two subjects have a precautionary measure, according to the prosecutor Nahaniel Murga.

The prosecutor is investigating if there is anyone else involved with this event, because according to the statistics, so far this year 13 investigations have been opened for the crime of human trafficking.

According to Gonzalo Medina, expert of the International Organization of Immigration, Panama is a very attractive country for committing this crime. (TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

3 People Arrested For Alleged Involvement In The Murder Of A Priest

Crime & Punishment

Today, three people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of priest, Aníbal Gómez.

You've just hit a "pay wall." Panama-Guide subscribers who have logged in to their user accounts can see the full text of this article. However non-members can only see this short introduction. If you would like to subscribe, please click this link to subscribe via PayPal.

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

3 People Arrested For Alleged Involvement In The Murder Of A Priest

Crime & Punishment

Today, three people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of priest, Aníbal Gómez.

Among those arrested are a maid, her husband and an unknown third person.

It was reported the authorities are investigating other two people for allegedly being involved as well.

So far, it is presumed the motive for the murder was robbery, but authorities have not reported anything stolen from the priest.

The 67 year old priest was found dead in the house of the bishop emeritus of Colon, Monsignor José María Ariz.(Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

$10 Thousand Stolen From The National University

Crime & Punishment

Today, the DIJ started making investigations after $10 thousand were stolen from the cafeteria of the University of Panama.

Early reports indicate the criminals entered the cafeteria office to take the money from the cash register.

Members of the internal security of the University of Panama confirmed the internal access doors of the cafeteria were not forced, so it is presumed people who knew the local movement were involved in this theft.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Kidnap Attempt Reported In Chiriqui

Crime & Punishment

Today, an kidnap attempt was reported in the Jose Maria Roy school located in the city of David, Chiriqui.

The kidnapper posed as the boy's grandfather in order to enter the campus and take him, the boy is aged between 8 and 10 years old.

However, the teacher called the child's father, who told him this person was definitely not the boy's grandfather.

The National Police and the DIJ made an operation to locate the subject.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

A Priest Was Murdered In Colon

Crime & PunishmentThe priest Aníbal Gómez, who was the priest at the church María Madre de Dios, located at the former U.S. Military base Fort Davis in Colon, was murdered today.

According to preliminary reports his murder might be related to an attempt of robbery, because he had several injuries and was tied up at the moment he was found.

Father Goméz was born in Spain, and had 67 years old, according to the report of the correspondent of this province, Rolando Espinoza.

Several parishioners who knew him arrived at the scene, completely appalled by the situation.

Meanwhile, the staff from the Public Prosecutor is at the site investigating the case. (TVN)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

The Authorities Pressed Charges Against Two Members Of The National Police

Crime & PunishmentThe Homicides Unit of Panama West from the Auxiliary Prosecutor of Panama pressed charges against two members of the National Police (one agent and one lieutenant) for first-degree murder, after an incident in which a two-year-old and a fifteen-year-old died were shot at a police checkpoint in San Carlos and died.

The chief of the Homicides unit of Panama West, Rafael Santiago Baloyes, said they will take the statement of both police officers today.

From there, they will take the corresponding precautionary measures, according to what the Judicial Code orders, he said.

Baloyes said after a press conference in the Public Prosecutor (MP) he will go to La Chorrera, to take the statement of both agents, who are currently carrying out administrative functions.

These agents were dressed as civilians when the event took place this week.

Baloyes said, as part of the Investigations, they determined there were no illegal substances or dangerous material in the vehicle of the victims. In total, the vehicle was shot at six times, said the official.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General, Ana Belfon, said they will act by the Judicial Code. “The MP is not sleeping,” she said during the press conference. (Prensa)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Taxi Driver Arrested For Killing A Minor In A Hit And Run Accident

Crime & Punishment

Today, the driver who allegedly killed 16 year old Osvaldo Elias Frias in a hit and run accident in Torti, district of Chepo, was caught by the National Police.

The subject was identified as 30 year old Walter Harry Leon Tapia, he was tracked down by the police and located at his residence.

The police report indicates Leon Tapia failed the breathalyzer test and he had immediately proceeded to wash his taxi pickup truck in order to leave no trace of the accident.

The report highlights a cap was found in the pickup trunk, the cap supposedly belonged to the victim, but the subject denies being responsible for this crime.

The subject is being held in the remand prison of the National Police in Chepo, this week he's going to be sent to La Joya prison.(Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

2 Handguns Seized And A Minor Detained During A Raid In San Miguel

Crime & Punishment

Today, Personnel of the Service Support Group (GAS) recovered a handgun and detained a minor who had it in his possession, during a raid operation in San Miguel, Panama City.

The operation took place at 2:55am in the San Miguel Multi #2, where the GAS agents arrived in the company of the clerk of the Office Assistant, Llonel Escartín, accompained by the Juvenile Police.

A 9mm Glock 17 handgun with it's cartridge and 14 unexploded ammunitions was found on top of a refrigerator.

Also, a 9mm Glock 19 handgun with it's cartridge and 15 unexploded ammunitions was found inside of the apartment.(Mi Diario)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Children Who Were Reported As Missing Were Found On Sunday Evening

Crime & PunishmentThe four children who were reported as missing yesterday, appeared later in the day.

The journalist from TVN said the children must go before the Secretariat of Children and Family, and he was informed that the children were safe at the shelter of Nueva Esperanza.

The children were located at a shopping mall by units from the National Police, after they saw them roaming around aimlessly. They were reported as missing by their relatives, who said a man in a vehicle had taken them from their house located in Nuevo Tocumen, in the neighborhood Los Cántaros No. 1.

The children were handed over to their parents safe and sound, and the investigations are still in progress. (Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

A Man Was Shot Several Times In Rogelio Sinan

Crime & Punishment

Today, a man was killed after receiving several shots in the community of Rogelio Sinan.

This person was transferred alive to the Health Center of San Isidro, where he died, despite the efforts of the doctors.

Authorities immediately began an investigation to find out the reason this person was killed.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

$10 Thousand Stolen From Convenience Store In Colon

Crime & Punishment

Yesterday, Friday October 25th, $10 thousand in cash and prepaid phone cards were stolen from the Chinese merchant Shum Lam, owner of "Convenience store Luis", located on Calle 10 of Santa Isabel, city of Colon.

The subjects, threatened the businessman and his wife with their knives in order to locate the money.

Lam and his wife were gagged by the subjects who managed to escape from the scene.(La Critica)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

Organizations Request The Repeal Of Law Benefiting Police Officers

Crime & PunishmentAfter two children were killed by cops, members of the civil society and the National Bar Association of Panama (CNA) requested the repeal of Law 74 of 2010 (modifying the Organic Law of the National Police), in which the members of this institution are exempt of pre-trial detention.

In a note to the Nation, organizations of the civil society expressed their solidarity with the relatives of the children and rejected the action taken by the agents of the National Police linked to the shooting of October 23 in San Carlos.

“Law 74 of October 29 of 2010, declaring that members from the Police can’t be arrested for cases of crimes committed through the use of force, is a backward step in terms of human rights and puts all the citizens of this country in danger,” says the statement.

The note, issued by 12 organizations of human rights, also rejects the three pardons granted in the last three years benefiting over 120 police officers processed for all kinds of common crimes.

On the other hand, the CNA considered this is a law in charge of protecting police agents whenever they violate the citizens’ human rights. Santander Tristán, president in charge, regretted what happened to the children in San Carlos and said they will create a commission to do a follow up on the investigations carried out by the Public Prosecutor on this case. (Prensa)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
View Printable Version

The Government Will Investigate The Three Units Involved In The Death Of A Minor In San Carlos

Crime & PunishmentThree units from the National Police (PN), are under investigation for the death of a two year old child and for the 15 year old girl who is in critical condition, after a confusing event in San Carlos.

The Public Prosecutor (MP) is investigating a possible criminal behavior in this case. The agents mentioned in this case are in the headquarters of the National Police while the MP determines their judicial condition, explained the Auxiliary Prosecutor, Marcelino Aguilar.

He also said the three agents were wearing regular clothing, and were not part of those who were certified to conduct the operation.

An investigation ex officio was opened for this case to gather the scientific elements that will allow clarifying the event, said Aguilar.

According to the first reports announced by the Auxiliary Prosecutor and the chief of the Homicides Unit, Rafael Santiago, they said this was a police check point formed by 9 units of the National Police.

At the same time, they said they determined there were no signs of a threat against the units, because there were no weapons inside the vehicle of the victims or persecution reports. (Panama America)

Share
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks