Two knifings, one fatal, take place downtown

The center of the downtown saw a murder and a knifing Tuesday evening.

The murder took place about 8 p.m. while a robbery victim suffered knife wounds 25 minutes earlier. Both incidents happened alongside the Plaza de la Cultura.

Three persons have been detained in the murder. The victim, identified by the last name of Betancourt, was 29. He suffered a fatal knife wound on the northeast corner of the plaza during a dispute with three persons. A woman and two men were detained.

The apparent robbery victim was near the Museos del Banco Central, which is under the plaza and opens to the east side. The Judicial Investigating Organization identified him by the last name of Zamora.

Agents said that the man was walking through the area when a robber confronted him. The victim resisted and received four knife wounds. He was in Hospital San Juan de Dios in stable condition, agents said.

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