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Oct 16, 2020

14 Inmates Remain on the Run!

It’s been twenty-four hours since the last five escapees were captured and there are still fourteen inmates on the loose.  As we’ve reported, thirteen prisoners are in custody and one is dead since the twenty-eight of them broke out of the Belize Central Prison on Monday. Police believe that some of the escapees have returned to their homes, but are hiding out from the law. Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more about the fourteen escapees who are on the run:

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

It’s been five days since twenty-eight inmates broke out of the Belize Central Prison. Fourteen have been recaptured – one of the fourteen, Akeem Tillett, was shot and killed on Tuesday. The fourteen fugitives who remain on the run are: thirty-year-old Carlos Montejo: he was the trustee and believed to be one of the masterminds behind the prison breakout. Montejo is from Chile Street in Belmopan and was convicted of robbery.  Twenty-six-year-old Santos Lopez is a Guatemalan National with a George Street address in Belize City. He was on remand for murder. Twenty-four-year-old Elder Oseguera is of Bella Vista Village in Toledo. He was convicted of robbery. Twenty-six-year-old Enrique Martinez is from the San Martin Area of Belmopan. He was convicted of Manslaughter. Twenty-two-year-old Erwin Lanza is from Lords Bank was convicted on a firearm offence. Twenty-seven-year-old Eutycus Nunez is from Cemetery Road in Belize City and was convicted of escape from lawful custody. Thirty-three-year-old Jaroud Lamb is from Camalote Village. He was convicted for murder. Twenty-six-year-old Kendale Flores is from Seine Bight Village. He was on remand of murder. Thirty-three-year-old Michael Faux is from Kut Avenue in Belize City and was convicted of murder. Twenty-three-year-old Oswaldo Perez is a Guatemalan National of Melchor and was convicted of drug trafficking. Forty-six-year-old Elroy Henry of Camalote Village was in prison because he was convicted of drug trafficking. Eighteen-year-old Luis Paiz of San Pedro Town was in prison because he was convicted of Theft. Twenty-five-year-old Luke Bowen is from Carmelita Village. He was on remand on a burglary charge. And thirty-one-year-old Albert Banner of Stadium Street in Orange Walk Town was serving time for theft.

Police believe that most of these men have returned to their communities – while a few may be lingering in the Coastal Road area. Police Commissioner is appealing to those who may be harboring these fugitives.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police [File: October 15th, 2020]

“We have credible information that a number of these escapees have returned to the area of residence prior to prison and they are being facilitated by family members and friends. I want to sound the warning that it is a criminal offence to aid or abetting an escaped prisoner; a convicted person or a wanted person and once it is that we are to find any of these prisoners are the home of anybody or if we can obtain concrete evidence of anyone facilitating them that those concerned will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I, again, want to appeal to family members that it is best that you have your loved ones surrender themselves than to have the security forces out there pursuing them. We continue to consider these escapees as armed and dangerous and the safety and security of our personnel will always be paramount.”

 

Police are also asking the escapees to surrender to prevent further confrontation. Akeem Tillett was the escapee who was allegedly armed and faced off with the security forces when he was shot and killed on Tuesday. This written report of what happened on the Coastal Road says, “The threat with the weapon was identified by a member of this patrol who engaged the threat inflicting several shots rendering the threat deceased. The patrol reports that the deceased was firing in bursts discharging over thirty rounds.” Police have recovered an M4-Carbine – a high powered rifle that the escapees stole from the prison. But they it is believed the prisoners on the run may have acquired more weapons since their escape.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police [File: October 15th, 2020]

“A man running from the long arm of the law will surely try his utmost best to arm himself so that he can ward off or defend himself from the security forces so like I said before we still do expect that they are armed and dangerous.”

 

Motorists are advised not to pick-up any strangers on the highways.  If you have any information on the whereabouts of these escapees – you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 922 or the nearest police station. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


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