Streets

Murder Cat Murdered

Panamanian reggae singer Murder Cat was killed Tuesday night on Street 3 in Juan Diaz. Also known as El Clickiti and Omar Bellido, his given name, the singer was reportedly talking to some people, including singer Ruff Dad, when several individuals rolled up in a grey sedan and shot him at least seven times before driving off. The police are investigating.…

Police Will Stop Foreign and National Motorists

Foreigners on small motorcycles and driving taxis will be stopped and investigated by police. The directive was announced last week by National Police chief Omar Pinzon and is an attempt to neutralize cases of theft by motorcycle and taxi, he said. La Prensa later reported that a police spokesman said the measure would apply to nationals as…

Summit of the Americas Road Closings

Several roads will be closed in Panama City this week for the VII Summit of the Americas. These include the streets near the Atlapa convention center where the summit will be held namely Via Israel from 68th Street East to Via Cincuentenario, Calle 50 from Federico Boyd Avenue to 56th Street, Balboa Avenue and the Cinta Costera. Access to the…

Panama Crime Series, Part 100

Police break up “Kill the Nasty” gang – Early Tuesday morning, police raided the Kill the Nasty gang, based out of Street 17 in Rio Abajo and linked to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Main gang leader Jorge Zurita, also known as El Pibe (The Kid) was arrested, as well two other leaders – El Gordo…

Firearm Import Suspension Extended

The Ministry of Public Security has extended the suspension on firearm imports to Panama for six months. The measure, approved in the Official Gazette, applies to all companies importing weapons, with the exception of state security agencies. Security Ministry figures show that 60% of crimes committed this year have been with legally registered firearms.