Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Freedom cut short: Escapees found hiding at house with minors

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service along with Defence Force went to a house at Ralph Narine Trace around 5:50 pm where the men were hiding.

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service along with Defence Force went to a house at Ralph Narine Trace around 5:50 pm where the men were hiding.

The two remaining prisoners who escaped from the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca earlier this month, were recaptured at a house in South Oropouche on Sunday evening.

According to police sources, Olatunji Debow and Michael Findley, who were both on the run since escaping on May 16, were planning to flee the country.

Acting on information, members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service along with Defence Force went to a house at Ralph Narine Trace around 5:50 pm.

There, they found the escapees hiding and subsequently arrested them.

Speaking on the TV6 Weekend News , Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith revealed that the men were held at a house in South Oropouche, where there were other people including minors.

“The operation went according to plan. It was lot of intelligence we had. What happened, basically, the individuals, they were trying to string me along, where they were giving the impression that they wanted to hand themselves in and it showed in the character of the individuals. They knew exactly what they were doing. I certainly did not fall for it.”

Asked as to whether, anyone will be held for helping the prisoner escapees, the Commissioner of Police said the investigation is far from over.

“There may have been persons who have been assisting these individuals and this matter has not yet been closed. This investigation is still ongoing and we intend to find those persons with or without shirt and tie.” Griffith said.

The Top Cop also commended the hard work and dedication of the police officers.

On May 16, eight men escaped from the Golden Grove Prison.

Five were recaptured the same day, while a sixth escapee was held the following day.

Denbow and Findley are expected to be charged with the escaping lawful custody.

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