Taxi driver, 48, murdered in most serious of reported crimes

A passenger shot a taxi driver fatally in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, and in Zapote, a warehouse operator confronted an intruder and wounded him twice, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Meanwhile, the Fuerza Pública detained a man who is suspected of threatening a woman with a knife in Parque Nacional and taking her cell telephone.

In another case in Barrio Pitahaya, San José, police officers detained two men they characterized as known robbers and confiscated a knife. The pair are suspects in the street robbery of a foreigner.

The taxi driver was identified by the last name of Molina. He was 48 years of age. Judicial agents said that he brought two women and a man to a destination in Barrio La Colina in San Francisco de Dos Ríos Tuesday night. The trio seemed to be trying to beat the driver out of a fare because the two women, aged 16 and 17, fled from the taxi when it stopped, agents said. However, the driver had a confrontation with the male passenger, 26. The result was that the passenger shot the driver in the stomach and then fled.

The driver died a short time after reaching Hospital Calderón Guardia. Agents said that Fuerza Pública officers detained three suspects at a nearby home.

The suspected intruder at a warehouse in Zapote is a 23-year-old man. The owner of the facility lives nearby, so he responded when he heard noises, said judicial agents. The suspect suffered bullet wounds to the  knee and hip, they said.  When they investigated, agents said they found among other items a machete, a flashlight with a red lens and a knife.

Fuerza Pública officers detained two men in Barrio Pitahaya quickly enough to remand them to the flagrancy court for an immediate hearing. One of the men also carried a knife.

Parque Nacional is in the middle of the capital adjacent to the legislative complex. Fuerza Pública officers in charge of providing security there were credited with capturing the suspect in the robbery of a cell telephone from a woman pedestrian. The arrest was aided by citizens who witnessed the crime. The suspect was identified as a man with a record of such crimes. He. too, went to the flagrancy court, police said.

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