Sunday, February 10, 2013

Two Expats Arrested in Coronado, Panamá, one with ties to Ed Moyna


Two Expats Arrested In Coronado - Possible Ties To Disappearance of Ed Moynan in Panama

  By DON WINNER for - Two members of the community of English speaking expatriates in Panama were arrested on Tuesday, 20 November 2012, at the El Rey supermarket in Coronado, as part of a police sting operation. Detectives from the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) arrested the German citizen Robert Streuder and the Canadian Todd Mayert, in response to a complaint filed by another Canadian expatriate over an alleged dispute related to a commercial property in the area. According to the allegations, Todd Mayert and the Canadian expatriate (complainant) were partners, and they owned a commercial property 50/50. Robert Streuder reportedly threatened or otherwise tried to coerce the Canadian to sell him his share of the property. Again, according to the complaint, Streuder supposedly was trying to force the Canadian to sell his 50% stake in the property for $20,000 and he made threats of violence if the Canadian refused to comply. Streuder told the Canadian to go to the El Rey supermarket in Coronado and told him to bring all of his papers to seal the deal. Todd Mayert, the partner and owner of the 50% stake in the property, was also present at this meeting. The police set up a "sting" operation, and were there at the scene, observing the meeting between the three men.
When the money and papers were exchanged, a 20 man police team moved in to arrest Streuder and Mayert. They were taken away under heavy custody. That was three days ago, on Tuesday. They both remain in custody today, and are reportedly going to be facing the prosecutor in La Chorrera this afternoon, to make sworn official statements with their lawyers present. At this point, I do not know if they have been officially charged with any crime, but they are clearly under investigation.
It is important to note Todd Mayert was the last person to report seeing the Canadian citizen Ed Moynan before he went missing on 8 November 2012. Not only did Todd Mayert admit to seeing Ed Moynan, he practically bragged about it to other members of the expatriate community in the Coronado area, so he wasn't trying to keep it quiet. In fact I called Mayert and spoke to him about his sighting of Ed Moynan, at the El Rey Supermarket late on the evening of 8 November 2012. Apparently, the detectives of the DIJ suspect Mayert might have had something do to with Moynan's disappearance. That would explain their "energetic" response to the complaint filed by the Canadian expatriate with regards to this land dispute.
Robert Streuder's friends have told me he denies the allegations being made by the Canadian expatriate who filed the complaint against him. Streuder and the Canadian supposedly met and reached a verbal agreement on the purchase of the property the day before, and left that meeting with goodwill and a handshake. He denies having threatened the Canadian or trying to coerce him in any way. And of course, he denies having anything to do with the disappearance of Ed Moynan.
But the fundamental fact remains unchanged. Todd Mayert, the last person to see Ed Moynan in Coronado, has been arrested, and is currently being interrogated by the detectives of the DIJ and the prosecutors of the Public Ministry.
Editor's Comment: Ed Moynan still has not been found. No one knows what actually happened to him on the night of 8 November 2012. The authorities are still investigating his disappearance, and they continue to search for the rental car he was driving, a gray 2012 Kia Rio with license plate number 975349, which has not yet been found. There are rumors (unconfirmed) that the car was found last night "burned out" in Gorgona. I do not believe that to be true, until confirmed, because there have been other false rumors about the rental car before, which turned out to be untrue. The search for Ed Moynan continues.

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