TWO MEN STRUCK FROM BEHIND, LEFT IN THE ROAD
On August 29, 2012, at approximately 8:30pm, Hendry County Deputies received a call reporting a possible shooting. When Deputies arrived in the area of Nobles Road and Chickasaw Avenue, they found two men lying on the west side of the roadway. Deputies were advised by an interpreter that 50 year old Rogelio D. Beltran of LaBelle reported that he and his friend were walking down the road when another man walked out from behind some trailers and pointed a gun at them. Beltran stated that he was struck in the back of the head with the handgun and that his friend had been shot in the head.
EMS personnel arrived on scene and transported Beltran to an area hospital for treatment. The second, unidentified, victim was airlifted to a nearby trauma center. It was later determined that the unidentified man did not sustain a gunshot wound but was struck in the back of the head.
Hendry County Investigators are unclear as to the motive and are continuing to look into the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigative Division at 863-674-5600.
SUSPICIOUS FIRES BEING INVESTIGATED BY STATE FIRE MARHSALL’S OFFICE
On August 29, 2012, between 9:57pm and 11:00pm, Hendry County Deputies responded to reports of two structure fires in the Pioneer Plantation area.
At 9:57pm, Hendry County Deputies responded to the 3055 12th Street, Pioneer, regarding a trailer fire. When deputies arrived on scene they found the double wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Pioneer Fire Department arrived on scene and was able to extinguish the flames.
A short time later Deputies were dispatched to 3950 10th Street, Pioneer, responding to a second structure fire. Deputies reported that when they arrived they found a single wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames.
Deputies reported that both homes appeared to have been abandoned and there was no electricity going to either trailer.
Hendry County Sheriff’s Office contacted the State Fire Marshall’s Office, who will continue to investigate the fires.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det. Ramiro, Florida State Fire Marshalls Office, at 954-321-3704or 1-877-No-Arson (662-7766), Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP). Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of individual(s) responsible for committing arson may be illegible for a reward up to $2,500.00 through the FACAP.