Crime in Holguin has increased so much in recent months that the authorities, always reluctant to provide information about these incidents, have had to admit that the population has reason to be concerned.
The Ministry of the Interior (MINUT) issued a note in which it noted several violent robberies with the use of edged weapons in the main municipality, in which the criminals took away cell phones, electric motors, bicycles, purses and other items from the victims . ,
The incidents mostly occurred at night and early morning, although some occurred during the day.
Lieutenant Colonel Renario Ricardo Leyva, deputy head of the criminal investigation body, revealed to the weekly Now That MININT has caught 57 thieves, of whom 53 are unemployed.
The officer drew attention to the young age of many of the offenders, some between the ages of 17 and 21. All have been kept in custody under criminal proceedings.
According to the official, so far seven cell phones, two motorcycles and a cycle have been recovered and returned to their owners.
Acts have been enacted in Alcides Pino, Vista Alegre, Centro Ciudad, Pedro Diaz Coelho, Pueblo Nuevo, Lenin, Alex Urquiola, Zayas, Adesio Pérez and San Andrés Popular Councils.
Information indicates that the last robbery was reported on May 5 at night, when a man attacked the victim with a knife to snatch her bicycle and cell phone.
The thief was arrested within the first 48 hours and the cycle was recovered.
This may be the case for Alexi Santiago Calderon Patterson, a The man accused of multiple attacks in Holguin, and the one who used the knife To scare his victims.
Calderón Patterson was arrested by the police, and many Cubans shared his picture on the Internet to report him to the authorities if there were more victims.
In the Facebook group “360 Holguin Compara, Venta Cuba”, user Alejandro Hernandez assured that this man attacked a friend and took his bicycle and phone, but after being caught, his friend at least recovered the bicycle. Did.
last Sunday, Holguin residents caught a thief trying to snatch a chain from an elderly woman that he was going into the street, but was neutralized by several men who ran after him, until they left him on the floor.
Journalist Agustín Garcelles shared several photos on his Facebook wall showing the perpetrator lying on the sidewalk, watched by a police officer and several bystanders.