According to reports from residents, a group of 10 to 14 armed men in balaclavas robbed several businesses in a highly organized attack on the town.
The men cut primary power lines serving the businesses on the town’s main street, according to initial reports.
Having successfully blackened the street, the men proceeded to break into several businesses, including an Importadora Monge location.
A guard at the local gas station was tied up and thrown into the mechanic’s pit, and another on-duty guard serving a hardware store across the street was severely beaten and required hospitalization, according to information obtained by Inside Costa Rica.
On Sunday, in a separate incident, several suspects attempted to break into another hardware store. A neighbor reportedly shot one of the suspects, wounding him. The other suspects were able to escape. It is unknown if the two incidents are related.
The events have shocked residents of the community, which generally has very little serious crime.
A town hall meeting was held yesterday, in which donations were solicited to improve security, an area resident told Inside Costa Rica.
Police and OIJ officials have yet to issue a formal statement regarding the events. Residents reported a heavy police presence in the town yesterday, including roadblocks. The town ordinarily does not have a full-time police force.