Police in Venezuela have confirmed that an American tourist was shot and killed, and his friend wounded, in a botched robbery attempt aboard a sailboat off the Caribbean coast. The American has been identified as 55-year-old Kenneth Dale Peters; hometown is yet unknown.

Authorities said Peters was shot by armed men who boarded his sailboat to rob him and his passengers Saturday night. A police official said Peters apparently tried to defend himself with a gun and wounded one of the attackers, who got away.

Peters' friend who was wounded in the attack is recovering at a local hospital, police said. Police also confirmed one suspect has been detained.

Robbery is a specific intent crime; requiring both theft and a form of violence or threat of violence used to deprive someone of their property, and is considered a felony. Felony crimes can involve drug and narcotics charges, arson, burglary, armed robbery, homicide, rape and/or sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault and battery.

One of the most serious felony crimes is homicide. Although the charged party(s) in this case will be processed under Venezuelan law, robbery and aggravated assault and battery (here resulting in homicide) are serious crimes in any jurisdiction or country, and carry grave legal consequences. The surviving family members of Peters can also file a motion for wrongful death, adding to the standing charges.

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