A Canadian Man Killed During Robbery

October 1st, 2009
by Thomas Tomczyk

[private] Dallas Martens, 31, a Canadian schoolteacher was shot dead on the side of a road while he attempted to help his wife who was assaulted by two armed men.

On September 18, Dallas Martens and his wife Krissy Larsen-Martens celebrated their first wedding anniversary at a West Bay restaurant. Driving back, they decided to glance back at a property they were considering to purchase. Around 8:30pm, they pulled off the West Bay road and drove around 50 meters to a half finished house.

According to the testimony of Krissy Martens, two tall men, Spanish-speaking, masked and armed with guns appeared and attempted to rob her. Krissy Martens said that Dallas Martens confronted and distracted them, so she was able to escape and run towards the main road, then catch a taxi towards West End to come back with help.

By September 30, Roatan police had arrested four male suspects and considers Krissy Martens as a suspect in the case.

The couple came to Roatan to adopt a baby in December 2008. While waiting for the paperwork to go through, they both worked at the Sandy Bay Alternative School and volunteered at the Familias Saludables AIDS project.

A $7,000 reward, gathered mostly from couple’s friends and Roatan’s foreign residents, was announced for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Four men suspected of involvement in the murder were arrested on September 26.

This is a fourth month in the row, and fifth this year, that a foreigner is killed on Roatan. In January, Roger Walls, another Canadian and like Martens also from Saskatoon Province, was shot and eventually died.

Canadian government posted a travel warning for Honduras: “Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to Honduras, with the exception of the Bay Islands, where Canadians should continue to exercise a high degree of caution.” [/private]

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