Escapees still on run one week later

One week after a major prison break at the Golden Grove Remand Yard in Arouca, the last two remaining prisoners remain on the run, police officers are continuing their searches leaning more, however, on intelligence as their only hope of a breakthrough.

A last major search for the escapees occurred in Laventille on Thursday at about 3 am where officers of the Besson Street Police Station searched a house in the area.

In a video released on social media Thursday, a male voice claimed that police officers came to his house and broke down the walls and doors to gain entry.

The voice also claimed that the officers called the name of the Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith alleging that they were there to look for the escapees.

The voice said there were no documents produced by the police and called on Griffith and prime minister Dr Keith Rowley to intervene.

When contacted yesterday, Griffith said he had no further comments on how the searches for the escapees were progressing, “whilst matters are being investigated and ongoing, I do not. Sorry.”

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Prisons, Gerard Wilson renewed his plea for Olatunji Denbow and Michael Findley to surrender to the police.

“I’m still asking them that they allow better sense to prevail and turn themselves over to the police. They can be accompanied by their lawyer. In the circumstances, it would be the best thing to do,” Wilson said.

Denbow of Port of Spain and Findley of Laventille were among five arrested and charged for the February 2016 double murders of construction workers Andre La Touche and Abiola Noel.

Denbow, in an alleged statement released on social media subsequent to last Wednesday’s prison break from the Golden Grove Remand Yard Prison, said he has been locked up three years, due to, an alleged, collaboration by corrupt police and a professional paid state witness - her name, which he called, adding that she was also a witness in three other murder cases.

A $50,000 reward is now being offered by Crime Stoppers for information that would lead to the recapture of Denbow and Findley.

Police have described both men as armed and very dangerous.

Both men were among eight that escaped from the remand prison last Wednesday.

- by Rhondor Dowlat