American retiree attacked & robbed in his home

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

An American retiree is recuperating at his home following a home invasion which occurred on northern Ambergris Caye, some nine miles north of San Pedro Town. The injured person is 69 year old Doug Robertson of Vermont, USA, who has been living on Ambergris Caye for the past six years. The incident occurred sometime between 3:30PM and 4PM on Tuesday, March 20th in the Palmero Point Area of the island.

According to Robertson’s wife Carolyn Ramp, her husband was alone at the time of the incident. Ramp said that he was sitting behind a desk when he felt someone knock him in the back of his head. Robertson fell to the floor where he was hit several times in the head with a piece of lumber (4X4) until he was knocked out. Ramp told The San Pedro Sun she was not at home at the time of the incident as she had been out taking a walk on the beach with her sister and their dogs. When Ramp returned shortly before 4:30PM, almost an hour later, she found her husband trying to re-gain consciousness following the incident.

Robertson was brought to San Pedro Town where he was taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly-Clinic II where he received medical attention. Robertson received a large cut wound to the back of his head and abrasions to several parts of his head and face. The motives of the attack have not been established but Ramp reported to police that initial inspection reveals that two cellular phones and a watch is missing so far. Ramp explained that their house had been burglarized before. Ramp stated, “I am now concerned following this incident.”

According to Ramp, she has no idea who attacked her husband. The couple is known to their neighbors and those who work at the private homes and resorts in the area. Because the area is isolated from the busy part of the island, incidents of similar nature have been known to occur. In many instances, the incidents are orchestrated by unfamiliar people who either walk the beach in search of drugs or are looking for the opportunity to steal from the northern residents. San Pedro Police have started their investigation and but no one has been arrested as of yet.

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