Four IDC escapees are convicted criminals

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:45

Four of the ten Immigration Detention Centre(IDC) escapees still at large were convicted criminals that were due to be deported after serving time in jail.

Sources close to the investigation told Guardian Media that Venezuelan nationals Henny Quiroz, Nelson Jose Mendoza, Luis Angel Quiroz and Grenadian Ryan Bowen served time for a series of offences which included firearms possession and possession of ammunition. 

Mendoza, Quiroz(H) and Luis Quiroz were convicted of possession of a firearm while Bowen was convicted of possession of ammunition.

The four men escaped from the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo along with eight others sometime between 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday afternoon during the airing period. Sources at IDC told Guardian Media that the men escaped the facility after cutting two chain link fences on the northern side of the detention facility.

Two of the de­tainees who es­caped from the Im­mi­gra­tion De­ten­tion Cen­tre (IDC) in Aripo yes­ter­day werere­turned to the fa­cil­i­ty. 

IDC sources con­firmed to Guardian Me­dia  that two Venezue­lan na­tion­als, Char­lie Perez Jose and Clau­dio Flo­res, were escorted back onto the facility shorty after 11p.m.

At around 11 pm on Wednes­day  night, of­fi­cers at the IDC were told by an­oth­er de­tainees that two of the es­capees were lost in a near­by forest­ed area. 

A land­mark lo­ca­tion was giv­en and the two men, Venezue­lan na­tion­als were even­tu­al­ly re­turned to cus­tody.

IDC sources explained to Guardian Media that after the men serve their time in jail they are then transferred to the IDC where they are deemed prohibited immigrants and later processed before they are deported to their country.

The other men who were being detained at the IDC and escaped together with the two that returned to the facility had won their marijuana possession matters in court and were awaiting deportation. Sources say usually before the men are deported there is a special inquiry held and thing can take some time.

Police say they have intensified the search for the remaining ten detainees.