Cancun, Q.R. — The report of a robbery at a dive shop in Cancun has turned out to be a fabricated story to cover a collection of debt.
Earlier this week, a 68-year-old man was arrested after a dive shop owner called Emergency 911 for an attempted robbery. Police came and arrested a man who had suffered a gun shot wound to the head that, the business owner said, occurred during a struggle.
However according to the prosecutor’s office, the man who was arrested for allegedly trying to rob the dive shop, was released Thursday without charges. The Public Prosecutor’s Office determined that not only did he not try to rob the dive shop, but that the gun found at the scene actually belonged to the shop owner.
According to reports, the man, who has been identified as 68-year-old Gonzalo N, went to the dive shop to collect a large debt that was owed. He and the dive shop owner began to exchange heated words when the owner apparently physically attacked the elderly man.
The Attorney General’s Office says they did not find evidence to support the initial story that Gonzalo N attempted to rob the dive shop. Their investigation determined that the owner was inside his business when Gonzalo N arrived to collect a debt.
The owner of the dive shop verbally assaulted and beat the man, later using a revolver-type pistol, with which he caused a wound to the man’s forehead.
Gonzalo N was unjustly accused of having attempted to commit a robbery, and after receiving medical attention at the General Hospital, was arrested by Municipal Police.
During the investigation, several contradictions arose, one of which included a review through the Plataforma México system revealing that the gun found turned out to belong to the owner of the dive shop.
Ministerial Police have determined that Gonzalo N entered the dive shop unarmed to collect a debt, and instead of collecting on his debt, became the victim.