Police, soldiers search Laventille for escapees

Several arms of the law enforcement including the army spent several hours in Laventille this morning in an anti-crime exercise hoping to flush out escapees Denboe Olatungi and Michael Findlay.

The police including Port of Spain Task Force, Inter-Agency Task Force(IATF), Guard and Emergency Branch(GEB) searched homes concentrated in the Eastern Quarry, Laventille area for the wanted men after receiving information.

The search has so far turned up empty handed but one senior police source said they were not giving up and that they were hot in the heels of the men.

Denbow and Findlay along with six other men escaped from the Golden Grove Remand Yard Prison in Arouca on May 15.

The six other escapees were held within 24 hours of their escape. 

Denbow and Findlay were among five ar­rest­ed and charged for the Feb­ru­ary 2016 dou­ble mur­ders of con­struc­tion work­ers An­dre La Touche and Abi­o­la Noel.

Den­bow, in an al­leged state­ment re­leased on so­cial me­dia sub­se­quent to last Wednes­day’s prison break from the Gold­en Grove Re­mand Yard Prison, said he has been locked up three years, due to, an alleged col­lab­o­ra­tion by cor­rupt po­lice and a pro­fes­sion­al paid state wit­ness, adding that she was al­so a wit­ness in three oth­er mur­der cas­es.

A $50,000 re­ward is now be­ing of­fered by Crime Stop­pers for in­for­ma­tion that would lead to the re­cap­ture of Den­bow and Find­ley.

Po­lice have de­scribed both men as armed and very dan­ger­ous.

Meanwhile, a man well known to police was arrested at his One Woodbrook Place apartment in Woodbrook last night for allegedly aiding and abetting the two escapees Olatungi Denbow and Michael Findlay.

He remains in police custody.

 - by Mark Bassant

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