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Escaped prisoner back in custody

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMGlenroy Sinclair
Assistant Commissioner Derrick Knight

While the Inspectorate Of Constabulary (IOC) has commenced investigations into Saturday's jailbreak at the Spanish Town Police Station's lock-up, head of Area 5, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Derrick 'Cowboy' Knight has issued an early warning that sanctions will apply to any of his colleagues implicated in the incident.

"The investigation is progressing smoothly," ACP Knight told The Gleaner yesterday.

The senior officer further warned that persons found hiding or facilitating these escapees in anyway will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

"It is really painful to spend such a long time hunting down some of these criminals, for example Duran Colman, who have been implicated so many other things, and to see them escape and back on the street again is really taking a toll on me. But we are tracking them down and we are going to find them. We are appealing to the public to just cooperate with the police and help us find these men," said ACP Knight.

ONE TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY

In the meantime, one of the five escapees has since been taken back into custody. He is 18-year-old Akeem Hall of Beverly Flats, Newlands, Portmore, in St Catherine. He was charged with robbery with aggravation. He was accompanied by a pastor to the Spanish Town police.

Information received is that during a check of the facility, it was revealed that five prisoners were missing from their cells. It is believed the men escaped by cutting a grille.

The police remain on the lookout for the other escapees.

Still on the run are:

- Andre Siddon, 19, of Lindel Close, Fraser's Content, Spanish Town, St Catherine, who was sentenced to seven years and two years in prison for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and assault, respectively.

- Duran Colman, 26, of Cockpit district, Clarendon, who was charged for murder.

- Jevon Bashford, 20, of Big Lane in Central Village, St Catherine ,who was charged for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

- Omar Bramwell, 27, of Red Church Street, Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The police are asking anyone with information that can lead to the recapture of the escapees to contact the Spanish Town Police at 984-2305, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station. The police are also reminding the public that it is an offence to harbour a criminal.