2 escapees from Corozal Police Station cell block recaptured after 20 days
Three prisoners from Corozal — Marvin Pec, Austin Sutherland and Johnny Matus, who broke out of the holding cell at the Corozal Police Station, have been recaptured.
Pec and Sutherland were at large for twenty days before being captured. However, Matus was caught by police last week.
The breakout occurred sometime between 4:00 and 6:00 on the morning of Wednesday, April 12. The three men sawed through three iron bars of the holding cell and escaped to freedom by scaling the fence that secured the compound. The police said that they conducted regular inspections of the cell block where the men were held, but the prisoners timed the routine of the officers doing night duty.
Inspector Wilfred Ferufino said that police still don’t know where the men got the object they used to cut through the bars in the cell. He said that that they were conducting an internal investigation into that matter.
Matus, 28, was nabbed while he was sleeping in his house in Ranchito, Corozal District. Pec, 20, and Sutherland, 29, are at the Corozal Police Station. They were found hiding in the Orange Walk Town Cemetery at about 1:30 yesterday.
They are awaiting arraignment for escape from lawful custody. Pec will also be arraigned for handling stolen goods, while Sutherland will also be arraigned for aggravated burglary.
At the time of the escape, Matus was serving a sentence for burglary, and was going to court for another case, while Sutherland and Pec were being taken to court to answer to the previously mentioned aggravated burglary and handling stolen goods charges.
ASP Alejandro Cowo said that police conducting a patrol saw both men in the cemetery and arrested them without incident.
Late information to us is that the investigation into the escape, which was carried out by the Professional Standards Branch, has concluded, and as a result of the enquiry into the matter, a policeman was transferred, and disciplinary charges were brought against another.
Escaped prisoners recaptured in Orange Walk cemetery
Two prisoners who had remained at large after escaping from the Corozal police station on April 11, were recaptured this week in the Orange Walk cemetery.
According to Officer Commanding CIB Belize City, Alejandro Cowo, police received information that the escaped prisoners were hiding in the cemetery.
Police visited the area around 10:00 p.m. on April 2nd, where they met and apprehended Austin Sutherland and Marvin Pec.
Both men were taken into custody and charged with ‘escape from lawful custody’ and ‘damage to property’.
Last week, their companion Johnito Matus was also recaptured at his home in San Narcisio village.
After the prisoners escaped, the Police Department launched an internal investigation and charged three officers attached to the Corozal police precinct with, ‘allowing a prisoner to escape’ and ‘neglect of duty’, to which they all plead not guilty.