Expat B&B owner dies from beating during robbery

A 74-year-old B&B owner from Playa Langosta died Tuesday morning from a beating administered April 1 by home invaders, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The man suffered a beating when the robbers demanded that he give them the combination to a safe, said the judicial agency.

He was struck on the head, agents said.

The crooks took $32,000 in cash, two  computers and two cell phones, the judicial agency said.

The dead man was identified informally by friends as Barry Lawson of the popular and successful Villa Alegre Bed and Breakfast.

He and his wife were at home in the establishment when robbers invaded. Judicial police said he was a U.S. citizen. But he had lived in Costa Rica for years.

Playa Langosta is on the far Pacific coast near Tamarindo.

Lawson is the first expat to die as a result of a home invasion in recent memory, but these crimes are epidemic. Usually they do not make the newspapers unless someone is injured or worse or if victims go public.

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