Prisoner escapes from Police in Hattieville

One of three prisoners from Dangriga Town who was being escorted by police to the Kolbe Foundation Central Prison in Hattieville Tuesday afternoon escaped while nearing the destination and police are on the lookout for him. Prisoners Laurence Bernardez, Eden Guzman and Daniel McKenzie were being driven in the back of an open pan pickup truck, handcuffed to each other. Bernardez was additionally restrained by cuffs to his hands and feet. Around 4:00 in the afternoon while on the George Price Highway and approaching the pedestrian ramp located 50 yards from the Hattieville Police Station around Mile 16, the officers were alerted that Guzman and Bernardez were escaping. The officers immediately chased after the fleeing pair who ran toward the nearby bushes. Police caught up with Guzman who struggled with the officer trying to bring him in and he was shot in the leg to be restrained. Guzman was recaptured and taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City for treatment, but police were not able to locate Bernardez. That search continues.

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