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Wednesday, August 27 2014 @ 11:19 PM EDT

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National Police Lieutenant Received 4 Shots In Samaria

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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)

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4 Subjects Detained After Police Chase In Betania

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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)

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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)

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

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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)

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Subject Recaptured By The National Police In Cocle

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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)

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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)

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

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

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

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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)

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$10 Thousand Stolen From The National University

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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)

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Kidnap Attempt Reported In Chiriqui

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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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)

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

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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)

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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)

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A Man Was Shot Several Times In Rogelio Sinan

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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)

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$10 Thousand Stolen From Convenience Store In Colon

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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)

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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)

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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)

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$1 Thousand Stolen From Convenience Store In Don Bosco

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Today, Units of the National Police seized a gun and drugs during a raid made in Don Bosco, Juan Diaz.

The operation was made after criminals assaulted a convenience store located in Don Bosco, the criminals managed to steal more than $1 thousand.

The information was confirmed by the National Police, through it's Twitter account, but no further details were given about the police operation.(La Critica)

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Raul Pineda Unlinked To The Messina Case

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Family of lawyer and delegate of the PRD, Juan Ramon Messina, filed a second complaint in the murder case, where Deputy Raul Pineda is unlinked.

The day of the events, Messina's wife, Katiuska Ramos, directly denounced Pineda as perpetrator of this murder.

The filing of the lawsuit was made by attorney Alfredo Vallarino, representing Messina's mother.

The lawsuit was filed against two people who are already identified in the record as the masterminds of this murder.

Panamanian authorities requested assistance from the FBI in the investigation of the murder of the PRD member.(Panama America)

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$9 Thousand Stolen In The Colon Free Trade Zone

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Yesterday, Five gunmen stole more than $9 thousand from a cell phones and electronic equipment selling store in the Colon Free Trade Zone.

The assault occurred at about 11am, when armed subjects entered the premises and threatened those present.

Since August there have been constant assaults in the Colon Free Trade Zone and the most recent was the theft of a $26 thousand spreadsheet.

Security by the Free Trade Zone has removed 15 officers and added new staff, but the thefts have continued.(Mi Diario)

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Wild Bill Is Being Constantly Monitored After Rumors On Him Planning To Escape

Crime & PunishmentThe authorities of the prison in David reinforced security in the prison and applied preventive measures against William Dathan Holbert, also known as Will Bill, after finding out he was planning to escape prison.

Holbert is arrested in Chiriqui after he confessed of murdering five Americans. These crimes and Wild Bill’s participation in them is currently being investigated by the Public Prosecutor in Chiriqui.

The director of the prison in David, Ismael Flores, said they will continue applying these preventive security measures against William Dathan Holbert and they have doubled surveillance in the prison to prevent any situation.

“The actions we are taking are preventive measures, because there are many indications proving that Dathan Holbert wants to escape,” said Flores.

He also said within the immediate actions they have forbidden him from going to the patio or to the sports arena, also they are permanently monitoring his cell, located in the preventive sector.

In the last two inspection searches, the authorities have seized cell phones, through which he is allegedly communicating with people outside of the prison and they also found a saw, used to cut some of the bars in his cell.

The official said they are waiting for the Disciplinary Board of the prison to meet and offer their recommendations about the actions they should take against William Dathan Holbert, including the possibility of moving him to another prison. (Critica)

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$1 Thousand Stolen From A Gas Station In Colon

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Today, two criminals assaulted a gas station in Cativá, province of Colon.

During the assault, police units arrived to the place, where a shootout against the criminals occurred.

One of the subjects was shot and the other was able to escape with approximately $1 thousand.

The National Police started an operation to search for the other subject.(La Critica)

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Illegal Fermented Beverages Confiscated In Veraguas

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Units of the National Police managed to confiscate more than 400 gallons of illegal fermented beverages (chirrisco and guarapo) during an operation developed this weekend.

Carlos Rumbo, police chief of the province of Veraguas, said the operation was conducted in the districts of Sona, Calobre, Mariato and Rio de Jesus.

Rumbo said those responsible for the preparation of these banned drinks were turned over to authorities.(La Critica)

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2 Dead Bodies Found In Darien

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Yesterday, Friday October 18th, Two dead bodies were found in Yaviza, province of Darien.

According to the police report, the bodies had gunshot wounds in the back of the head and both hands tied to the back of their bodies, so they were allegedly executed.

Hours later, the men were identified as 21 years old Biteverto Olea Tócamo and 18 years old Rolando Palacio Ballester Mojica.

The report was made yesterday at 2:50pm, when some residents spotted the dead bodies at the edge of the road.(Mi Diario)

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A Man Was Killed In San Miguelito

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On Thursday, a man was shot 10 times in Torrijos Carter, San Miguelito district.

The victim was identified as 18 year old Ricardo Vanegas Castillo, he was shot by two gang members with whom he had differences, according to a source of the National Police.

The killers were identified, according to the security agencies it's just a matter of time before they get arrested.(La Critica)

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3 People Killed In Villa Grecia

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Yesterday night, three people were killed in a rented room in Sector 5 of Villa Grecia.

Unofficially it was reported one of the victims was decapitated.

Neighbors heard gunshots and then observed five subjects fleeing from the area.

The Prosecutor and the DIJ arrived to the sector to lift the bodies and initiate investigations.(La Critica)

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$26 Thousand Stolen In The Colon Free Trade Zone

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Today, armed subjects assaulted the employees of the "Jumbo" company, in the Colon Free Trade Zone, stealing $26 thousand.

It was reported the messenger of the company had arrived from the bank after collecting some checks for the payment of tax return, when the delinquents assaulted the employees and stole the money.

Witnesses said the robbers escaped in a white sedan vehicle.

Immediately the security of the area and the police began operations to find those responsible for this theft but no one has been captured yet.(La Critica)

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Secury Guard Arrested For Stealing In A Mall

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Today, a security guard of a mall was arrested for stealing a laptop and other items in his car.

The arrest was made during a search operation at Alcalde Diaz, in the Chivo Chivo sector, the gray Macbook note and it's accessories were recovered.

Two perfumes and four pens were also recovered, all of this items appeared in the complaint filed by the affected person.

The theft occurred on Saturday at the mall, the glass of the vehicle was broken in order to steal the person's belongings.(Mi Diario)

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