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JENSEN LA VENDE
"All I wanted to do
was to get him out my
This was the com-
ment from the PH driv-
er who drove Christo-
pher "Monster" Selby
from the Port-of-Spain
(PoSGH) to freedom on
Friday afternoon, dropping the escapee off
at Tamarind Square.
The driver, who did not want to be iden-
tified for fear of reprisal, spoke with the Sun-
day Guardian yesterday inside his car just
outside the PoSGH where he picked up Selby.
He said he did not see the man s face, only
a bullet that he was asked to throw away.
Selby, 30, along with Allan Scanny
Martin, 42, and Hassan Atwell, 41, shot
their way to freedom from the Port-of-
Spain prison around 12.30 pm on Friday.
Martin was shot dead at the hospital s
guard booth while Atwell and Selby
remained on the run last night. Police said
the men were considered armed and dan-
gerous. During the escape, PC Sherman
Maynard, who was on sentry duty, was
shot and killed.
The driver told the story of how Selby came
into his car with little fanfare. The man sat
relating what he said was a terrifying situation.
The back seat passenger, he said, before enter-
ing his car, was telling someone on the phone
that she was hearing gunshots. But before he
could question the woman, who had now
entered his car, Selby jumped in.
"As I pull up so driving slowly towards
the car park s entrance, as I do so the
man was in the car and he say, Drive
I ain t go hurt nobody and I say ok
sir and I pull out. I didn t see any
gun but if he had a bullet then he
bound to have a gun, I wasn t looking
back for nothing," the driver said, adding
he did not try to alert two police vehicles
that passed him along Nelson Street as he
was fearful for his passengers lives.
He added, "All I tell him was boss man
don t hurt nobody. I tell him I was out there
too and I turn my life to God and you can
do the same thing my brother. You could
do the same thing, if God is ready for you,
you will not have jumped in my car, just so
I tell him. I talking to him like that and all
he saying is Yes boss man like he was lis-
tening to me, yuh know. I just wanted him
to get out my car."
The driver said Selby wanted to go to Bel-
mont but he told him no. He said after drop-
ping off the two other passengers near South
East Port-of-Spain Secondary, Selby got out
at Tamarind Square afterwards, but he did
not know where he went. Asked if he stopped
working after that, the driver said no, adding
that he has "God in him" and he could not
"just stop my work."
"I had to talk to him like the Father telling
me what to say to him. I thank God he wasn t
yuh know...when them two girls get out I
started to get more nervous, I had to talk to
God first. He got off at Tamarind Square
but I don t know where he went, like he was
talking to somebody on the phone. I didn t
see him meet up with nobody. He pay me
a hundred dollars. I keep it anyway. He ain t
ask for change," the driver said.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says
all airports and sea ports have been placed on
high alert as the manhunt for escaped prisoners
Hassan Atwell and Christopher "Monster" Selby
In a media release last evening, Persad-Bissessar
gave the assurance that the Government was in
"full control" of the security situation in T&T fol-
lowing Friday s "disorder."
Atwell, 41, and Selby, 30, remain at large after
staging a midday jailbreak from the Port-of-
They, together with Allan Scanny Martin,
42, one of the men on trial for the kidnap-
ping and murder of Xtra Foods CEO Vindra
Naipaul-Coolman, shot their way out of
During their escape they shot at police
officers outside the prison, among them
PC Sherman Maynard.
Maynard was shot in the chest and
later died in hospital. Martin was also
killed in an exchange of gunfire with the
police at the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
pital, where he was cornered in a guard
booth after he sought refuge when they
crashed their getaway vehicle just outside
Persad-Bissessar said yesterday that
in the last 24 hours following the inci-
dent, agencies of the Ministry of
National Security, in conjunction with
the National Operations Centre (NOC),
had conducted "a series of road blocks,
stop and search exercises and surgical
strikes based on intelligence and
information gathered in relation to
(Friday s) events."
She said people were detained and interviewed
and the protective services were "confident of
an early breakthrough. Those charged can expect
to face the full weight of the law."
Persad-Bissessar said she was overseeing
national security operations and seeing "this
She said that all efforts were being made to
recapture the two fugitives still at large.
"The airports and sea ports 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," she said.
Persad-Bissessar also commended the T&T
Police Service for their "diligent work in the ongo-
ing investigation of the murder of Dana Seetahal,
She added that she had every confidence in the
ability of the country s national security agencies
"to bring this and other ongoing investigations to
Anyone with information on the fugitives Atwell
and Selby can call 555, 999, or 800-TIPS. (RR)
at entry ports
I just wanted
him out my car
PH driver who took
Selby to freedom:
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