|SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic – Police in the northern Dominican province of Santiago arrested two people on charges they poisoned a Puerto Rican man to death in order to rob him.|
The victim was identified as Douglas Jones, whose body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Santiago city for an autopsy, a police official in the country’s northern region, Jesus Cordero, said.
The official told the press that Luz Maria Medina and a 16-year-old girl, whose name was withheld, admitted during questioning that they killed the Puerto Rican last Saturday in the town of Tamboril.
He said the two women confessed that they gave Jones a glass of oats containing a poisonous substance that later caused his death.
Medina and her companion told the police that they used the money they stole from the murder victim to buy drugs and go to beauty parlors, Cordero said.
The official said that the Puerto Rican was robbed of an unspecified amount of money, as well personal documents that were found in the possession of the women under arrest.
source: Latin American Herald Tribune
July 21, 2010 American media now on to the story with more details:
Former Cumberland County political, social activist Douglas Jones Romero killed in Dominican Republic
VINELAND — A former social activist in Cumberland County was slain July 10 in the Dominican Republic, allegedly by a woman and teen intent on robbery, published reports said Tuesday.
The Latin American Herald Tribune reported that Douglas Jones Romero, formerly of Vineland, was poisoned by a woman and a 16-year-old girl who wanted to rob him in the northern province of Santiago.
Jones Romero was active in Vineland and other areas of Cumberland County in the 1980s through the mid 1990s.
A former editor with El Veterano, a Spanish-language newspaper based in Vineland, he was an advocate for urging Hispanics to register to vote.
Jones Romero also was active in traditional political circles. A Democrat, he ran for mayor, a seat on the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders and for state Assembly in the 1st Legislative District, which now includes Cape May County and parts of Cumberland and Atlantic counties.
In January 2005, he lobbied Cumberland County's freeholder board to expand the Board of Social Services. Jones Romero claimed board members had conflicts of interest by having family members working for the agency.
Vineland Mayor Robert Romano said Jones Romero was not as active in the community during recent years.
"He sort of disappeared about two and a half years ago," Romano said.
Romano said Jones Romero used to vacation in the Dominican Republican.
According to the Herald Tribune, the two suspects admitted under questioning that they killed Jones Romero in the city of Tamboril, giving him a poisoned bowl of oats. The suspects allegedly used the money they stole from Jones Romero to buy drugs and go to beauty parlors.
Police in Santiago recovered some of Jones Romero's personal papers from the murder suspects, the newspaper said.
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