Today at about 1530 hours I was contacted in person by Lieutenant Coronel Maximo Ruiz who is the Sub Commissioner for Police Operations in Chiriqui Provence. He requested that I convey the following crime related information and warning to the Expatriate Community.
On Friday evening 16-March-2012 a violent home invasion occurred in the El Frances area outside of Boquete. The victims were not specifically identified other than they were a North American Man and Panamanian Women described as husband and wife. Information provided indicates that unknown individuals forced their way into the residence of the North American and his wife savagely beating them and tying them up before robbing them of unspecified personal property. Additionally it was revealed that at least one of the victims (assumed to be the American) is currently hospitalized in David as a result of the attack.
No additional details were released for public dissemination and no suspect information was provided.
Commissioner Ruiz added that he is highly interested in the active roll the Neighborhood Watch Programmers are playing in the community. His goal is to encourage more community participation along with the full support of the National Police. Commander Ruiz recognizes the value of an effective Community Based Neighborhood Watch and Public Safety Program like the one operating in Potrerillos and elsewhere.
You are advised to elevate your security posture.
Potrerillos Neighborhood Watch Facilitator