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Nov 2, 2018

Samuel August Sr. Goes on a Rampage; Escapes, Assaults Woman & Crashes into Backhoe

Samuel August Senior, the deranged man who killed his son and mother-in-law, escaped from the K.H.M.H. this morning where he was under police guard. The thirty-five-year-old was hospitalized after Wednesday’s horrific incident on Fabers Road where he rammed a backhoe into three houses. After fleeing the hospital around seven o’clock, he attacked a mother of two and took control of her vehicle.  He sped towards the Philip Goldson Highway which is under construction and slammed into a backhoe. News Five’s Duane Moody was at the scene of the mayhem this morning and has the following report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

News spread like wildfire this morning just before eight o’clock that there was a near fatal traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway near Budget Rent-A-Car in Belize City. A Chevy Equinox SUV had slammed into the rear of a backhoe, belonging to CISCO Construction. The act seemed deliberate. Workmen on site say they saw the driver of the extensively damaged vehicle, taking shards of glass and stabbing himself to the chest and neck in an attempt to take his own life. As police department and EMTs arrived on the scene, the driver was identified as Samuel August Senior, a man who was under police guard at the K.H.M.H. after he killed his son and the grandmother of his children earlier this week on Fabers Road.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operation)

“…managed to escape from the K.H.M.H. and stole a vehicle from off Gentle Avenue and proceeded up the Philip Goldson Highway where he collided in a backhoe. Information we obtained was that whilst in the vehicle, he had with him a knife and was attempting to take his own life. Police and ambulance official quickly responded to the area where he was subdued, taken back into custody and is now at the K.H.M.H. undergoing treatment.”


When the deranged August escaped police guard, he headed onto Gentle Avenue in the King’s Park area. He assaulted an unsuspecting mother of two high school girls before he took command of her SUV and drove off into the direction of the highway. The ordeal that has left the family of three traumatised, says Tanisha Ross.


Voice of: Tanisha Ross, Assault Victim

“I thought he was just going to pass by and he just came and grab me by the neck and started to try to pull me out of the vehicle. I jostled with him for a few seconds and I started to shout for my brother-in-law and I told my kids to jump out of the vehicle because at that time he was jostling with me still. He was trying to put the vehicle in ignition and turn it off to move. By the time my brother-in-law came, he was moving off the same time my brother-in-law jumped into the vehicle and he was moving off. And they were jostling in the vehicle as well and he fell out of the vehicle because he wasn’t in totally—that my brother-in-law—and he just sped off.”


Ross’ brother, who was heading into the city from Ladyville, alerted the Rural Eastern Division officers of the incident in an effort the intercept the vehicle along the highway. Ross says that she recognized August, as the man who drove off with all her vehicle.


Samuel August Sr.

Voice of: Tanisha Ross

“He saw the person and he was driving behind him and he said they were coming up the highway and then he called me and said that the vehicle just crashed into a backhoe. They are a bit shaken up, but thankfully we are okay. And like I said to them before I left, it could have been worst and we have to be thankful that he did not drove off with them in the vehicle. We are just thankful that all of us were outside and he proceeded to do whatever he did on his own.”



“Did you have any idea of who it was or who it might have been?”


Voice of: Tanisha Ross

“Well it wasn’t until I came out, my daughter said mommy that looks like the man that was on the news that killed his child.”


But how was August Senior able to escape the officer on duty, even as he was reportedly handcuffed to a bed inside the hospital? Deputy ComPol, Chester Williams, says that an investigation is being done to determine if there was any wrongdoing or negligence on the part of the officer overseeing August.


Chester Williams

“The circumstance of how the man escaped is one which I don’t want to go into details until the investigation is concluded. But yes, we obtained information that he did ask to go to the restroom and the police officer cannot accompany him in the restroom so the handcuff was removed and he was allowed to use the bathroom which is a part of his human rights; even prisoners must be allowed to use the bathroom.  And it was in that process that he managed to make his way out of the hospital so we need to investigate properly and not just try to judge and crucify the officer without gathering all the necessary facts.”


Voice of: Tanisha Ross

“Just this morning I read an excerpt on people with mental illness and I said a prayer this morning for him not knowing I would have encountered him just minutes after. But it is an unfortunate situation and while the initial reaction would be to be enraged and to want to hurt, I do think that we need to look at little deeper into these issues.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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