Thursday, May 1, 2014

Argentina: Update--Arrest Made in Murder of New Zealander, 31, Shot, Killed in Mendoza

According to The Buenos Aires Herald, Mendoza police report that they have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of  Nicholas Heyward, 31, on Monday (April 28), in the city's San Martín park. 

COMMENT: As most of our readers know all too well, I strongly DISCOURAGE that robbery victims of all nationalities NOT to resist street criminals, as they almost invariably are armed with a firearm with which to neutralize crime victims who naively fight back.

As I have said so often over the years, no amount of property is worth your life. Do you really want your life to end over "things"?

Although some observers believe that the use of firearms is a rare occurrence in Argentina, my database says otherwise.

Mendoza police have reportedly arrested a suspect in Heyward's shooting death, but gave few details nor did they speculate whether the detainee might prove to be the actual killer. 

One can presume that police collected physical evidence from the crime scene. The fact that police have said very little, suggests that either they collected little forensic evidence at the scene or they may have arrested the wrong man.
  
New Zealander Nicholas Hugh Heyward, 31, who lived in Australia, was shot and killed in the General San Martín park in the western province on Monday afternoon, when he was walking in the company of two other foreign nationals who witnessed the event.

Heyward had been approached by two assailants, both described as teenagers, on a motorcycle. 

Subsequently, Heyward resisted the attempted robbery of his backpack at which point he was summarily shot and killed. He died at the scene.

Police in Mendoza had been offering a 40,000-peso (roughly US$5,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Mr. Heyward's death.

It is unknown whether the arrest made was in response to the reward offer.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.