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Busy Week for Samara Police

  • One man stabbed in front of police station and two detained for fighting at a bar 

By Arianna McKinney

The Samara Police (Fuerza Publica) dealt with two incidents of aggression last week. As a result two men were detained and another man is, in effect, banished; he is restricted from coming within one kilometer of Samara. 

The first incident, according to the police log, occurred on Sunday, August 7. Around 2:30 a.m. the police received a phone call about an altercation with a weapon at a bar in the center of Samara.  Officers detained two people whom they found fighting, taking possession of a machete and cocaine from Costa Rican Roger Garita Gutierrez. Garita had cut the pinkie finger of a Columbian man, Callazas Sifuente, who had a refugee identification card. After being examined, Callazas was informed that he could submit a denunciation against Garita and around 3:15 they left the police station. 

The second incident happened on Wednesday, August 10 at 1:37 a.m. A man from the United States, Anchy Copos, was reportedly stabbed on the left side of his stomach by Vasquez Carvajal in front of the Samara police delegation. Copos was treated by the Red Cross and Vasquez was taken to the penal court. Officer Luis Torres reported that Copos is doing a little better but is afraid that Vasquez will return, even though a judge ordered Vasquez not to come within 1 kilometer of where he committed the aggression. In effect, Torres explained that Vasquez, whom he described as a homeless drug addict from San Jorge de Coyote, can’t come to Samara.

Recently members of the community met with the force to express frustration regarding the way incidents such as these are handled by the police. Some might wonder why the two incidents were handled differently or why the two men involved in the bar fight were released less than an hour afterward. The police procedures might seem ineffective, especially to visitors from other countries where the police follow stricter procedures or have more authority against criminals.  

Torres explained that the public force in Costa Rica is designed to be preventive. “We have a limit,” he said.

Samara police officers explained during an interview with VON that they also have different procedures to follow depending on whether the aggression results in a serious injury. The finger wound received by Callazas, for example, would not be considered serious, whereas the stab wound that Copos received was more serious. The rest is left up to the court system. For that reason, people are encouraged to submit denunciations.


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