Norwegian Cruise Lines suspended Roatan port calls briefly in April after one of its employees was shot and killed near the port April 6.
Witnesses said Gaban Jacob, 27, a Filipino cook aboard the Norwegian Pearl, had been sitting on a bench outside a pulpería (mini-market) for about two hours, apparently to connect to the wifi from the Merry Inn Seaman’s Club directly above, when an armed man approached him on a bicycle about 2:30 p.m. and demanded his computing device. A waitress at the club said she heard a shot, ran to the balcony to see what was happening and saw Jacob on the ground holding his side and struggling to get back on his feet. The first shot had passed through his arm and entered his torso on the left side, according to the police report. The waitress said she then saw the gunman shoot him a second time, through the head, after which he bent down to pick up the computing device and fled on foot through an alley across the street.
Lomder Lone Guzmán Ramirez, 20, of Coxen Hole and Dixon Cove was arrested April 9 and charged with simple homicide, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the killing. At press time he was in prison in La Ceiba awaiting trial. Honduran authorities had offered Lps 175,000 (Lps 100,000 from the Mayor of Roatan and Lps 75,000 from the Minister of Security) for information leading to the capture of Jacob’s killer.
A source said the reward offer induced acquaintances of the suspect to lure him into the El Swampo sector of Coxen Hole under the ruse of selling the murder weapon to obtain passage to the mainland. Ramirez was reportedly shot in the leg in the process of being captured. The Mayor’s security adviser, Billy Joya, told the press that security cameras recently installed in the area helped police identify the suspect