Saturday, February 24, 2018

Escaped prisoners recaptured still on the run

POLICE have recaptured two of the three prisoners who escaped from a holding cell at the Siparia Criminal Investigations Department on Sunday.

The men were found hiding at different locations in San Fernando and Siparia.

Officers were searching for the third fugitive last evening.

The prisoners, ages 19, 28, and 30, picked a padlock and escaped from the police station at around midday.

They were expected to appear before identification parades on Sunday.

Police said the 19-year-old suspect was found hiding at a relative's house in Plesantville, San Fernando on Sunday night.

He was expected to be charged with kidnapping and attempted rape of a teenager at Field Road, Point Fortin, on Thursday.

The 28-year-old escapee was recaptured in Siparia.

Police said he was detained on robbery offences.

The men were returned to the Siparia CID and expected to appear before several identification parades this morning.

The 30-year-old fugitive was placed in the holding cell on Sunday morning, police said.

He was transferred from the Point Fortin Police Station.

He was detained following a robbery at E-Street, Point Fortin, last week Friday.

The suspect and two other men allegedly robbed a salesman of cash and jewelry.

Investigators said the prisoners had walked out of the police station and boarded a taxi to San Fernando.

A female police officer, a passenger in the car, recognised the men and contacted the San Fernando Police Station.

The officer dropped off at Woodland, while a team of officers stood guard at the Siparia taxi stand in San Fernando. When the car arrived, the prisoners were not inside. The officers were told that the men dropped off at Cross Crossing, San Fernando.