POLICE are confident that murder-accused prisoner Leston Elvis, who escaped custody in Siparia on Monday, is still in the country.
A senior police officer, attached to the South-Western Division, who is working on the recapture, said Elvis was spotted Tuesday night, but eluded arrest.
Police have no evidence that Elvis was able to leave Trinidad by boat from the south coast village of Moruga, heading to Venezuela.
Over the last few days police have set up several road blocks from Siparia to San Fernando, hoping to keep Elvis from leaving the area.
Elvis has escaped from police and prison custody four times—with the latest bid for freedom occurring on Monday.
After an appearance at Siparia Magistrates' Court, he was being escorted into the Siparia Police Station when he kicked a police officer in his shin and ran off to a getaway car.
Elvis was not handcuffed since both of his hands were in casts, police said.
The prisoner, who is also known as Kirby Pamphile, of Wharton Trace, Laventille, Manjack Street, Vistabella, and Indian Walk, Princes Town, is charged with the murder of Lennox Bellerand, Jr, who was shot and killed at Success/Laventille Health Centre on November 12, 2009.
Elvis is also charged with the possession of arms and ammunition in connection with that incident.
Over the last three years, Elvis has escaped while being treated for injuries at Port of Spain General Hospital, and while being evaluated at St Ann's Hospital.