Christopher Selby, 30, a prison escapee from Trinidad and Tobago, surrendered to authorities on Sunday night, C News reported. He is currently being held at Barataria Police Station in Barataria, Trinidad.
Selby’s surrender was to the Criminal Gang Intelligence unit. He was one of the prison escapees involved in a violent jailbreak that occurred on Friday. Three men escaped from a prison in the country’s capital city, Port-of-Spain. A shootout occurred during the escape, and a prison guard, Constable Sherman Maynard, 27, died from a gunshot wound. The men were armed with handguns and threw a hand grenade on a roadway, which police removed before it exploded, when they escaped.
UPDATE: Christopher Selby's surrender was to the Criminal Gang Intelligence Unit. He is currently in police custody. pic.twitter.com/laOeOAlSBM
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Three men escaped: Allan Martin, 42, Hassan Atwell, 41, and Selby. Shortly after the jailbreak, police shot and killed Martin on the grounds of Port-of-Spain’s General Hospital, CNN reported. Martin was in jail for a 2006 murder, Atwell was imprisoned awaiting extradition to the U.S. on charges involving an alleged “hostage taking” and Selby was jailed for murder.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar swiftly took action and issued a statement on Saturday that said the government was taking the appropriate steps.
"I would like to thank the public for their support and understanding and to assure them that all effort is being made to recapture the two fugitives still at large," Persad-Bissessar said in the statement. “The airports and seaports have been placed on high alert in the event persons of interest attempt to leave this jurisdiction, and members of the public are asked to treat those on the run as armed and very dangerous.”
He also said the Agencies of the Ministry of National Security in conjunction with the National Operations Centre had conducted a series of road blocks, stop-and-search exercises and surgical strikes. “My duty to the people of Trinidad and Tobago is to oversee and manage the procedures and measures we are taking in the wake of the public disorder,” Persad-Bissessar said in his statement.