Intelligence led prisoner manhunt continues – Police Commissioner

DPI, Guyana, Friday, July 21, 2017

The Joint -Services (JS) are continuing the intelligence led manhunt to recapture the four prison escapees, according to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud.

Commissioner of Police- Seelall Persaud

Speaking with the media today, at Ministry of Public Security’s Press Conference, the Commissioner said that the JS operations are being intelligence driven. He pointed out that it was this intelligence that led to the heavily armed police ranks, on Thursday morning, engaging one of the remaining four prison escapees, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, aback Port Mourant/ Ankerville, Corentyne.

According to Commissioner Persaud, the escapee may have been wounded after he was seen. Following an exchange of gunfire, the escapee fled into the backlands with the JS members in hot pursuit.

The Commissioner made an appeal to the relatives of the escapees to avoid confronting the police and assist them. He reiterated calls to the escapees for them to “come in.

Asked to comment on the reported incident at the Skeldon Public Hospital where several men, suspected to be the escapees, visited seeking treatment for one (man) with a gunshot wound.

Persaud explained that all protocols were followed and police ranks were notified. Investigations subsequently revealed, that the men were in fact Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) officers. One had suffered a gunshot wound accidentally and was treated and discharged.

The Commissioner further explained that medical authorities are duty bound to report any suspected gunshot wounds and this has led to the speculation about the men’s identities.

 

By: Paul Mc Adam

 

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