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Jan 11, 2021

Jaroud Lamb Recaptured; Two More Escapees on the Run!

Jaroud Lamb

Tonight, one more prison escapee is in police custody after he broke out from the Belize Central Prison three months ago.  Jaroud Lamb was convicted for the June 2013 murder that happened during a robbery at La Choza Bar in Las Flores, Belmopan.  Lamb was among the twenty-eight prisoners who broke out of the prison and was one of three remaining on the run until he was recaptured on Saturday.  Today, police shared details of the recapture where Lamb was shot in his foot, but his family is alleging that police was unjustified in their shooting and treatment of the escapee. Here’s the story.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Thirty-three-year-old Jaroud Lamb was on the run for almost three months since he broke out of the Belize Central Prison last year. Lamb was able to avoid police detection since October twelfth – that is until he was recaptured around ten-thirty on Saturday morning in Ontario Village. ACP Joseph Myvett says that police have been carrying out a number of operations in Ontario because they were tipped off that Lamb was hiding out there. And on Saturday they were acting on information when they carried out the search that led to Lamb’s recapture.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“They were conducting searches in a bushy area off the highway in Ontario Village where they observed escaped prisoner Jaroud Lamb hiding in some bushes. As a result, police shouted at him and he then attempted to make good his escape where a single shot was fired towards his direction which caught him in his left calf and as a result he was then captured and transported to the Western Regional Hospital and later to the Karl Huesner Hospital and then later to the KHMH where he remains under police guard.”

 

But tonight Lamb’s family is alleging that his shooting was unjustified. Lamb claims he didn’t resist arrest but when the police recaptured him they shot him in his foot. Lamb’s cousin Jason Hyde says that police took more than thirty minutes before they took Lamb to the hospital.

 

On the Phone: Jason Hyde, Cousin of Jaroud Lamb

“There was no Jaroud Lamb or Arthurs at the hospital. So, I said, where is he? This is like thirty to forty-five minutes after they said the police had captured him and so I went to the police station directly. When I got there, Jaroud was in the police truck sitting down and the police they were doing their own thing and by the time I walked in they walked out and hurry drove out in the vehicle with him to the hospital.  So, all that time he was in the pickup back bleeding.   They always treat him unfairly – to have him that long there and not take him directly to the hospital shows their intention. He even said that deh tell ah, the only reason we nuh wah kill you dah because witness deh round.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, he was shot only once?”

 

On the Phone: Jason Hyde

“Yes, he was shot once in the foot but according to Jaroud he wasn’t resisting and he wasn’t running from the police. He surrendered and the police walked up and shot him in his foot and told him now you can’t run no more.”

 

Lamb is hospitalized at the K.H.M.H.  Hyde alleges that there is a request for Lamb to be placed behind bars today but that he is still in need of blood and a surgery.

 

On the Phone: Jason Hyde

“They say Jaroud is at the K.H.M.H., but they want to take him out today and take him to the prison. He hasn’t done his surgery and he hasn’t gotten the blood that he needs because he lost a lot of blood while he was the police station waiting and they want to take him the prison and let the prison medic deal with him while the doctor said that he needs five pints of blood and he needs to do a surgery because I am not sure if the bullet is still in his foot but his bone is broken and he needs to put a big iron in his foot before he can be taken back to the prison and he needs a month bed rest. So, all of that has to happen before Jaroud can go back to prison but they are trying to take him there today and leave him in the hands of the prison and their medic and they are not equipped to take care of him.   All we want is for him to be treated like a human – we dont expect them to not treat him according to the law because he broke the law. But we want him to be treated fairly.”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett was asked about those allegations. Here’s what he had to say:

 

Reporter

“There is an allegation that he wasn’t running and he wasn’t resisting arrest when he was shot by the police?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Well, the only person that can answer that would have been himself and the police officers there as there was no one else there aside from himself and the officers.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, can you also respond to the allegation that after he was shot he was left to bleed out in the pickup back for at least thirty minutes and that the police officers refused to take him to the hospital and as a result he is now hospitalized in need of blood?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I am not aware of that allegation, other than the operation that was carried out. I knew after he was recaptured he was then transported to the western regional hospital.”

 

Reporter

“Are you able to say for how long he will be in the hospital before he is taken back to prison?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I think only the medical authorities can answer that question.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

 

We reached out to Virgilio Murillo the C.E.O. of the Kolbe Foundation but he declined to respond to the family’s allegation that there is a demand for Lamb to go back to prison, only to say that Lamb is under guard at the hospital so he is in the police custody and not at the prison. With Lamb in police custody, that leaves two more escapees on the run.  They are Michael Faux and Erwin Lanza.


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