Public help needed to recapture escapees

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Information Minister Melford Nicholas has conveyed an appeal on behalf of law enforcement for the public’s assistance in recapturing three men who escaped custody two weeks ago.

Their names are Ryan Cadette of Green Bay; Hilroy Henry of Christian Street, Gray’s Farm; and Dion Luke of Golden Grove, who broke out of a cell at the St. John’s Police Station, a day after they were detained.

Nicholas told a post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday that even though the public’s help is required, residents are asked to exercise caution because these escapees can be dangerous.

“We . . . understand that the police have been able to utilise the system working with public intelligence, but people must be careful,” he said.

The men were detained in connection with several reported break-ins and larceny, but were able to break out of the cell where they were being held, apparently via a bathroom window.

Nicholas said there must be better security in place for people being held at detention facilities or in prison.

“We will have to see why the escape route that the prisoners took would have circumscribed the prison system,” he added.

He did say, however, that there is video footage but it only covers the four perimeter walls of the police station cells; something which might have to change in the future

“I know in the first installation of the system three years ago we were able to identify one prisoner escaping close to the fence at the fire station, so we [will] review it,” he said.

According to the Information Minister, police are also trying to determine whether the men were assisted in making good their escape.

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