Authorities urged to intervene after St Francis Xavier Credit Union committee leader was ‘choked’, ‘shaken’ by acting chief executive

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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2022. 6:12 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: Reports from Corozal Town say police are investigating an official report written by Mayet Castillo, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the St Francis Xavier Credit Union (SFXCU), and another member, allegedly by the Acting (Deputy) Managing Director , Michael Riverol, after a confrontation at the office of the credit union on Wednesday.

Castillo said she and Mr. Jorge Cob had settled in to work Wednesday morning in their credit union office when Riverol approached, knocking on the door. She recounts what happened next: “He came straight at me and started grabbing my neck and trying to choke me, should I say, and I was very scared for my life, I can tell you. I felt like I couldn’t breathe, and I don’t know if he realized that, and he let me go. And as he let me go, he [held] me by the arms and he started shaking me. As he shook me, he said in Spanish, “Ya le nos dije, que no a los quiero aquí!” (I told you I didn’t want you here!)

Castillo further alleges that he grabbed her cell phone and “slammed” it on the tiled floor in front of her, then grabbed a nearby chair and hit Cob with it. Riverol then pushed Cob as he tried to defend himself. According to Castillo, he threw the chair and then punched Cob twice in the face. Riverol then waved at his waist as if threatening to pull out a gun before being restrained by a security guard and another employee. As he left, Riverol offered to pay him back the money for the broken cell phone.

Castillo says she was never informed by Riverol that members of the oversight committee were not allowed into the office and that her office is next to the church in the old CLICO building downstairs. the street, and that since February her endorsement as Chair of the Oversight Committee was confirmed by letter and she had permission to be there. She says they had a conversation the week before without any problems.

Castillo said she had no doubt that Riverol had a gun and intended to use it: “He had the devil in him.” She added that the events took place in front of a packed house of customers and employees, and that two of the latter had to be sent home due to their shock.

Castillo says they first went to the police station straight away, but after Cob started feeling ill with high blood pressure, they went to Corozal Community Hospital and were treated for several hours and received a medical-legal injury and injury form, then returned to the police where they waited several hours to make their statements.

Tonight, the police simply said they were investigating. There is no indication whether they spoke to Riverol.

But Castillo insists she will press charges and says the incident is further impetus for the situation at the credit union to be resolved by the Central Bank or, preferably, at an annual general meeting. The special general meeting scheduled for May 29 has been postponed to a date to be announced.


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