Crime

Three prisoners escape, two apprehended

BELIZE CITY,  

Aug. 1st, 2013

Two of the three juvenile prisoners that escaped from the Wagner’s Youth Facility last Sunday have been recaptured.Hector Garcia

Guatemalan Roqael Teul, 17, who was serving a five-year sentence for illegal firearm possession, is the only one of three teens that is still at large.

Authorities caught  Belizean Wilmer Guzman, 19, a resident of San Juan Village, Stann Creek, at mile 25 on the George Price Highway on Tuesday evening, July 30.

Prison authorities had caught Guatemalan Hector Garcia  between miles 27 and 28 on the George Price Highway on Sunday, July 28.

Roqael TiulEarl Jones, the chief executive officer for the Kolbe Foundation, told reporters Monday that  a passing motorist reported seeing the three men travelling together, but by the time the authorities responded, Guzman and Teul had fled into the bushes.

The Belize Central Prison had issued an All-Points Bulletin after the three prisoners escaped during the 7pm shift change.

They had scaled the chain link fence surrounding the Facility.

Jones told reporters that the prison authorities are investigating how the three managed to escape undetected.

Wilmer Guzman“We’re looking into what happened with our perimeter guards, our tower guards and our personnel because we are supposed to be on high alert,” he said.

He said Teul is likely heading for the Western border.

Garcia was nabbed for Illegal Entry and was scheduled to be deported on Monday morning, August 5.

Guzman was serving six months for theft.

As a result of the escape, Jones alluded to new and improved security features that will be installed around the facility, which houses to 77 youths either on remand or serving sentences after conviction.

That number, according to Jones, is an overpopulation for a facility of that size.

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