April 1st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A failed assault on the Hotel Cariblue in Puerto Viejo, Limon left a guard with a gunshot wound to the face on Sunday night.
Edwin Miranda, Regional Director for the Caribbean of the Fuerza Publica, said the guard was shot in the face after apparently attempting to repel the attackers. The guard was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he remained as of yesterday.
Miranda said he believes that a local criminal band is behind the assault, as well as other recent assaults on area hotels.
Miranda said he believes the attackers were out to steal electronic devices, such as cellular phones, iPads and computers, as the type of tourists who frequent the area are not the type of tourists who usually carry large amounts of cash.
“They are more backpackers,” Miranda said.
On March 19th, three men stormed the Malbec Restaurant in Playa Cocles, also in Puerto Viejo. The men stole cell phones, cash, and travel documents. They carried guns and machetes.