Escaped prisoner captured in Omai

Robbery under arms accused Keron Cummings who was one of the prisoners who escaped during a well-planned break-out from the lockups at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court last month, was yesterday morning recaptured, Crime Chief Leslie James has confirmed.

James told Stabroek News that Cummings’ almost six weeks of freedom came to an end some time during the wee hours yesterday when he was caught in the Omai area in Region Seven. Cummings, a resident of Sophia, is in police custody and is expected to make a court appearance this week charged with escaping from lawful custody.

On May 19, Cummings and three other prisoners managed to escape through a small ventilation window of the lockups before scaling a chain link fence and making their way through a bushy alleyway that leads out to Brickdam. After realizing what had transpired police managed to recapture murder accused Steve Bacchus before he could get far but the other three escaped; one was seen entering a waiting motor car. Hours later murder accused Vickram Persaud, called ‘Lil John’, 28, of Doctor Dam, La Grange, West Bank Demerara was cornered in West Coast Berbice, and shot dead by police during an armed confrontation.

Keron Cummings
Keron Cummings

Randolph Marks, a 20-year-old armed robbery accused was found hiding under a bed.

Marks and Bacchus were charged and after admitting to the escape were sentenced to two years imprisonment each. They both had denied planning the break-out explaining that the opportunity of freedom presented itself and they just took it.


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