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Apr 12, 2018

Burglars Hack Their Way Out of Corozal Detention Cell

A manhunt is ongoing by the police department for three prisoners who escaped from the holding cell at the Corozal Police Station on Wednesday. According to the police, just before five a.m., officers were preparing to transport the trio, among others, to the Central Prison in Hattieville when they made the shocking discovery that Johnito Matus, Austin Sutherland and Marvin Pec—all charged for burglary-related offences—had fled the holding cell. The incident has triggered an internal investigation by the Professional Standards Branch because it is not known how the prisoners came in possession of cutting equipment used to escape. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino provides details.


Wilfredo Ferrufino

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City

“They discovered that three metal bars for the cell door were cut and three prisoners had escaped. Their names are Johnito Matus, a nineteen year old of San Narciso Village; Marvin Pec, a twenty-eight-year-old of Consejo road Corozal and Austin Sutherland, a twenty-nine-year-old of G Street South, Corozal Town. They had been detained for Burglary and Handling Stolen Goods; Mister Matus was serving time for burglary and he was at the station for another burglary case.”



“Are you able to say what instrument was used to cut the bars of the holding cell block?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“No, I don’t have that exact detail in regards to the instrument.”



“Is there any indication to you as yet as to how these persons may have gotten this instrument while in detention?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Like I said, the incident happened about five a.m. I am sure that the Professional Standards Branch is up in Corozal and they are conducting their investigation and after they are finished or concluded with that, maybe they will be in a position to comment on that. I don’t have any details in regards to that.”



“How many officers were on duty when this happened because it behooves me that cutting of metal could be happening and nobody hears? Or how often do they actually patrol these cells?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Well there is a timeframe that officers supposed to check on prisoners. Like I said, the Professional Standards Branch is up there and they are looking into that matter.”


Police are asking for assistance from the public to locate these persons, who will be further charged for Escaping from Lawful Custody.

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2 Responses for “Burglars Hack Their Way Out of Corozal Detention Cell”

  1. Marie says:

    You don’t know your job, can’t answer simple questions. Once you are suspicious of an activity, it takes precedence over patrol. They should ALWAYS have a visual on inmates.

  2. Eye in the Sky says:

    Ohhhhh F*&#.
    Corozal Police again

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