PORT OF SPAIN — Southern Division police have launched a manhunt for three prisoners who escaped from a holding cell of the Siparia Criminal Investigations Department.
The men, ages 19, 29 and 30, were discovered missing during a routine check around midday yesterday.
Police said the men broke out of the cell and escaped through the back of the police station along High Street, Siparia.
Investigators said the men were able to pick a padlock which secured a gate to the holding cell. The lock could not be found by officers.
The men walked past the police station and boarded a taxi en-route to San Fernando, police said.
A female police officer, a passenger in the taxi, recognised the men and contacted the San Fernando police.
The officer dropped off at Woodland while a team of officers stood guard at the Siparia taxi stand in San Fernando, but when the taxi arrived the men were not inside.
The officers were told that the suspects dropped off at Cross Crossing, San Fernando.
Several units were involved in the search up to late evening but the men were not found.
Police said the 30-year-old suspect was placed in the cell around 9:30 a.m. He was transferred to the Siparia CID from the Point Fortin Police Station.
He was expected to undergo a series of identification parades this morning.
Police said the 30-year-old man was detained following a robbery at E-Street in Point Fortin on Friday evening. The suspect and two other men allegedly held up a delivery truck and robbed the salesman of cash and jewellery. The robbers escaped in a white AD wagon.
Police intercepted the wagon a short distance away. Two men escaped in some bushes, but the 30-year-old of Central Trinidad was arrested.
The 29-year-old prisoner was detained for a serious offence, police said.
And the 19-year-old man was expected to be charged with kidnapping and attempted rape of a teenager at Field Road, Point Fortin on Thursday. (Express)