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May 9, 2019

How Did 2 Detainees Escape from Independence Police Custody?

Gregory Flowers

An internal investigation by the Professional Standards Branch is ongoing in southern Belize after two persons in police custody were able to escape from the cellblock inside the police station in Independence. Gregory Flowers and Clinton Coleman somehow damaged the lock to a detention cell and escaped without detection by any on-duty officer. It was not until checks were made around six-thirty on Tuesday, that officers realized that the prisoners had escaped. ACP Joseph Myvett says that the men were detained in relation to a theft and a burglary and are not considered dangerous.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Independence Police made checks on their detention cells where prisoners Gregory Flowers, twenty-six and Clinton Coleman, thirty-six, were detained pending investigation. As a result, they observed that the lock for the detention cell was damaged and both persons had made good their escape. So far, both persons have not yet been recaptured but are being sought.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir the nature of why they were detained?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“One was detained pending investigation of a theft, whilst the other was detained in relation to a burglary.”

 

Gregory Flowers

Following the press brief, police confirmed that Flowers was captured about one-thirty p.m. in Independence Village, while Coleman remains at large.


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