In­side Job? Guard Un­der Sus­pi­cion Af­ter 173 In­mates Break Out Of Haiti Jail

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Aguard at a prison in Haiti is sus­pected of help­ing 173 in­mates es­cape over the week­end. The break­out from the Arc­a­haie prison oc­curred last Satur­day, and the in­mates killed the head prison guard and wounded two other guards in the process. The As­so­ci­ated Press said a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cated that a guard “for­got” to lock a door as the in­mates were eat­ing. The pris­on­ers then left the cafe­te­ria and armed them­selves with po­lice weapons; sources claim.

It ap­pears the in­mates stripped the prison guards — all Na­tional Po­lice agents — of their weapons.

Some of those who es­caped were con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous and around 20 of them were serv­ing more than 10 years.

While some of the in­mates at the prison were await­ing trial, all those who es­caped from Arc­a­haie had been found guilty and were serv­ing sen­tences. Po­lice have so far re­cap­tured 10 of the es­capees. Arc­a­haie will re­main empty while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues, with all re­main­ing in­mates moved to a dif­fer­ent prison.

- Car­ib­bean 360

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