Crime

Three prisoners cut cell bars, escape from Corozal police

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reporter

Police are seeking three inmates who sawed their way to freedom and escaped from the Corozal police station on Tuesday night, while they awaited transferal to the Belize Central Prison the following day.

Austin Sutherland 29, Corozal Town Address, wanted for escaping from lawful custody.

Austin Sutherland 29, Corozal Town Address, wanted for escaping from lawful custody.

According to police, Johnito Matus, 19; Austin Sutherland, 29; and Marvin Pec, 28, used a small saw to cut three metal bars from the cell door, which stood in their way. After sawing their way out of the cell block, the trio jumped the fence of the police station and ran.

Johnito Matus 19, San Narcisio Villager, wanted for escaping from lawful custody.

Johnito Matus 19, San Narcisio Villager, wanted for escaping from lawful custody.

Matus was serving time at the Belize Central Prison on a burglary charge. Sutherland was serving time for handling stolen goods and Pec had just been remanded for aggravated burglary. Matus and Sutherland had reportedly been brought to court on matter related to their cases.
Around 4:50 a.m., on April 11, officers who had gone to transfer the men back to prison discovered they were gone.

Marvin Pec 28, Consejo Road, wanted for escaping from lawful custody.

Marvin Pec 28, Consejo Road, wanted for escaping from lawful custody.

Police say several officers were on duty that night and they do not know how the men managed to cut the cell and escape undetected. The matter is also currently under investigatino by the Professional Standards Branch.

There are reports that surveillance cameras installed at the police station may have captured the events of that night and police are reviewing all evidence. The Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in capturing the three fugitives.

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