…5 more still unaccounted for
Hours after the Guyana Police Force issued wanted bulletins for two fugitives who escaped from the Camp Street penitentiary on Sunday following a devastating fire, the lawmen issued a wanted bulletin for another hard-core murderer.
On Sunday evening, Police released the identities of the first two wanted men, Mark Royden Durant and Uree Varswyck.
Durant, also known as Royden Williams and “Smallie”, 29, of Friendship-Buxton, East Coast Demerara, was charged along with several others for the February 2008 mass killing at Bartica. The notorious killer was sentenced to death in February of this year.
Confirmed reports stated that he was the mastermind behind Sunday’s unrest.
Varswyck, 28, the second wanted man, is also known as Malcolm Gordon. His last known address is given as Lot 30 Church Street, Leskendren, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.
Varswyck was imprisoned for the offences of murder and escaping lawful custody. He was one of the prisoners responsible for causing a ruckus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts earlier in the year.
On Monday, the Police issued the wanted bulletin for the third fugitive, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander.
Alexander, 32, of Laing Avenue, Georgetown, was imprisoned for allegedly discharging a loaded firearm and the murder of Shivon Gordon, a businesswoman in Linden. He was jailed after he escaped from the Mackenzie Police Station in December of 2015.
The wanted men are regarded as armed and extremely dangerous.
In addition, murder accused Shawn Collins, 20, of Lot 6 Ketley and Drysdale Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown who escaped while being transported with other prisoners to another location on Sunday evening was recaptured along Hadfield Street, Georgetown around 02:00h on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, five other prisoners are still unaccounted for.
It is believed that the prison break was in the making for quite some time and the fire that was set in one section of the prison on Sunday evening was actually a distraction. It was during the fire that the men made their move.
Four of them reportedly hijacked a red Carina Toyota 212 motor car after breaking out of the prison and fled the scene. The car was reportedly found abandoned in South Ruimveldt on Monday morning minus the driver, a 22-year-old father of one from Kaneville, East Bank Demerara.
Meanwhile, during their escape, Prison Officer Odinga Wickham, 33, of Clonbrook, East Coast Demerara, was shot and killed. Several other prison wardens were injured and are presently hospitalised. At least six other officers were admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital. They are Jason Maltay, Drexel Gonsalves, Dominic Mingo, Errol Daphnis, Simeon Sandy and Hubert Trim. In addition, prison inmates 40-year-old Mohamed Pokhan of Chateau Margot, East Coast Demerara and Anthony Marcus were recaptured when they strolled into the Georgetown Public Hospital in a drunken state.
Both men were said to be suffering from gunshot wounds. Guyana Times understands that one of the men claimed that he warned prison officers on Friday last of plans by a group of inmates to set the place on fire, but his warnings were ignored. Presently, members of the Joint Services are on the hunt for the fugitives. Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the three men is asked to contact the nearest Police Station or call 911.