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Crime victim seeks justice

THE VICTIM of a home invasion said the Office of the Attorney General is not fully prosecuting the suspects in the criminal case.

“Why is the prosecutor closing this case, disregarding the victim’s voice [and] dropping the real evidence of this serious crime?” said the victim who declined to be identified.

On Feb. 20, 2017, police arrested the suspects: Joaquin Reyes Crisostomo, 36, and Waedynne Cepeda Maratita, 26. The two were charged with burglary and theft, assault and battery, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

In an email to Variety, the victim said the suspects broke into his family’s house on Feb. 15, 2017 to “take things, destroying two [closed circuit TVs]” in the process.

On Feb. 17, he said the burglars “did it again taking… more things, destroying two more CCTVs.”

On the morning of Feb. 20, he said, the two were back to again burglarize his house.

But the victim said his daughter was in the house and phoned to tell him about the burglars.

The victim said he drove back to his house, parking his van in the pathway to prevent the burglars from driving away.

“One male suspect shouted at me, his face covered [in] black/dark-colored cloth. He assaulted me, threw me to the ground, causing a fracture on my foot and began choking me. Fearing death, I managed to say to him, ‘I can give you money. I can give you food, everything.’ He then released me.”

At that point, a police officer arrived at the scene and arrested the suspects.

“More policemen came and found abrasions on my neck and took pictures with a police camera,” the victim said.

“They found my black shoes and my wife’s green woven bag (missing [since the] Feb. 17 [burglary]) in the trunk of the suspects’ car.”

According to the victim, “ice,” a firearm and burgler tools were also found in the suspects’ car.

“I reported what happened, what was stolen on Feb. 15, and Feb. 17 in detail to the policemen, and provided supporting real evidence regarding my shoes, a bank…statement and my diary-record of the purchase. With common sense, anyone can conclude that the suspects were the ones who broke into my house on Feb. 17, 2017.”

But the victim said the prosecutor did not include key evidence in prosecuting the suspects.

“We, as victims, cannot accept this kind of incomplete prosecution! The prosecutor must show the whole picture of the crimes to the judge. If not, it leads to improper, inappropriate, wrongful decisions by the judge.”

The victim said “if local prosecutors [cannot conduct a] full investigation, this case must be transferred to a federal prosecutor…and the federal court, please! As drugs were found, there must be drug traffickers behind the criminals, and then it is a federal case!”

The victim said he is appealing to members of the public to attend the next hearing in the case on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Courtroom 217 at 9 a.m. at the Guma Hustisia.

“Anyone of you might be the next target of professional burglars if criminals can easily run away from justice,” he added.

Variety was unable to get a comment from the AG’s office.