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May 30, 2005

…while another escapes from hospital custody

Story PictureBelize City police were left with egg on their faces this weekend after a murder suspect pulled a Houdini act. Twenty-one year old Mark Medina was spotted by police as he showed up for a concert on Saturday night at the Belize City Centre. When cops identified him as the man wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Ordel Duncan in the Pickstock hutment area earlier this month, Medina attempted to hightail it out of the compound, but the police disabled the would be get-away car by shooting out the left rear tyre of his Nissan pickup. Medina then abandoned his ride and tried to outrun the police, but an officer who was quick on the trigger, ended the escape bid with a bullet to the suspect’s right leg. Medina was taken to the K.H.M.H. for treatment and admitted under police guard. Around six on Sunday morning, however, Medina was able to outmanoeuvre the guard and disappear into the morning. According to Police Press Officer G. Michael Reid, Medina used the excuse that he needed to use the bathroom, and the officer fell for it. Once inside the restroom, Medina, gunshot wound and all, was able to climb through a window and walk away from detention. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Mark Medina is asked to call the nearest police station.

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