PUNTA GORDA, Belize, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- An American couple says the crocodile preserve they ran in Belize was burned down by a mob of locals who were apparently inspired by a psychic.
Vincent and Cherie Rose, formerly of Aspen, Colo., said about 100 angry Mayans stormed their compound in Punta Gora over the weekend after a local psychic told them the Roses had kidnapped two local children and fed them to the crocs.
"I'm going to get a lawyer and sue the Mayan village that's responsible for destroying our lives and our not-for-profit crocodile sanctuary," Rose told the Aspen Times.
The newspaper said Thursday that the Roses had relocated to Belize in 2004 and opened the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary as a haven from poachers. About 17 of the reptiles were in the 36-acre sanctuary when the crowd attacked.
The psychic has since been arrested for telling fraudulent fortunes, but no arrests have been made in the torching of the Roses' compound.