Press release came at the wrong time

Monday was  bad day to report that bus stickups had been reduced 32 percent in 2015.

The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública did that just a few hours before local television stations began airing the murder of a bus driver.

The ministry said that 2015 saw 220 bus stickups in 2015 compared to  325 in 2014.

The most recent bus stickup and murder took place in full view of a surveillance camera. The major television stations got the tapes.

The video shows two young men entering the bus in La Carpio, and one pulled a gun. The second managed to take the foam rubber tray that drivers use to keep coins.

Both the men got off the bus, but the man with the gun was not finished. He seemed distracted. Then he checked his pistol. And without warning he turned to look at the driver again and quickly delivered four shots.

The man died on the way to the hospital.

Bus company representatives were reported to be considering the use of electronic tokens or similar to reduce the amount of money drivers have in their possession.

The low-income La Carpio area is the scene of many such stickups, police said.

The dead driver was identified by the last name of  Cáceres. He was 38.

This entry was posted in Costa Rica News. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *