A 33-YEAR-old man suspected of the kidnapping of six year-old Keyianna Noel made a dash for freedom from police custody today, but was recaptured shortly after.
The suspect allegedly assaulted a police officer who was guarding him at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he had been warded.
According to police, at around 7 a.m. the suspect was in Ward 3 when he punched police constable McIntosh, and ran out the building.
The suspect allegedly attacked a taxi driver who was waiting outside the hospital for a patient. The taxi driver was robbed of $250.
Police said the suspect ran onto Queen's Park East and jumped the fence of Holy Name Convent. He ran to the back of the school and attempted to scale a wall when PC McIntosh spotted him and fired several warning shots, police said.
The suspect was unable to scale the wall and fell to the ground, injuring his leg, police said. He was re-arrested and escorted back to the hospital and handcuffed to a bed.
The incident is said to have caused chaos at the school, with students calling their parents, many of whom rushed to the school.
The suspect was first arrested on Janurary 2 and hospitalised for injuries he claimed sustained during his arrest.
On December 17, Noel was taken from her apartment at Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain. She was picked up in Aranguez the following day.