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A murder suspect under police guard at
hospital managed to escape and is believed
to be responsible for another murder in San
The suspect, who police alleged shot and
killed Micheal Patterson last Friday on a busy
Mucurapo Street, San Fernando, was detained
after he was injured on Saturday during a
shooting incident which left another of Pat-
terson s relatives in a critical condition at
Police remained tight-lipped on the escape
yesterday but said an investigation had begun
into the circumstance of how the suspect
was able to escape.
The feud between warring neighbours has
left the community in fear and police are
bracing for more reprisal killings.
Police investigators say the suspect on the
run allegedly shot and killed Alfredo Patterson
at King s Wharf, San Fernando, hours after
he escaped from the hospital on Sunday.
Alfredo Patterson, 25, of Peter Street, La
Romaine, died around 1 am yesterday at the
hospital from multiple gunshot wounds.
A manhunt has been launched for the 27-
year-old suspect of Upper Hillside Drive, San
Fernando. Police said he has a gunshot injury
to one of his legs and have alerted hospitals,
health centres and medical practitioners to
be on the lookout for the suspect who would
have suffered heavy blood loss.
The Mucurapo Street murder took place
around 4.30 pm and the suspect managed
to escape after the killer hijacked a motorist
and stole his vehicle along Coffee Street.
Police said that shooting incident stemmed
from a previous altercation where the suspect
was reportedly assaulted by Micheal Patterson
at Coffee Street last week.
Police said Micheal Patterson was arrested
in the past for drug possession and had been
out on bail.
Micheal Patterson, 27, of Medine Street,
San Fernando, died on the spot.
Police said one of dead man s relative went
to the suspect s home seeking revenge on
Saturday and was shot in the head during a
They were both taken to the hospital, treat-
ed and warded in a critical condition under
A revolver and a shotgun which were recov-
ered after Saturday s shootout have been sent
for ballistic testing.
Southern Division police are continuing
In a separate incident, officers from central
Trinidad went to an open field in Enterprise,
Chaguanas, yesterday, where they recovered
a quantity of ammunition, a bullet proof vest,
a shoulder gun holster and a quantity of mar-
Among the items seized were four pistol
magazines, two extended, 269 rounds of 7.62
ammunition, 14 rounds of .45 ammunition,
two rounds of .40 ammunition, ten rounds
of .38 ammunition, five 12-gauge cartridges
and 3.38 kilogrammes of marijuana. No one
CEO of the South West Regional Health Author-
ity (SWRHA) Anil Gosine said yesterday they have
had to increase the private and internal security
at all of their facilities to provide safety to both
staff and patients.
He said in addition to their own private arrange-
ments, they have also requested help from the police
to have a regular presence of officers to provide an
additional level of comfort and security.
Gosine said that was necessary because of the
number of criminals seeking treatment at health
centres and hospitals for gunshot wounds, choppings
and other injuries from gang warfare.
"Especially on weekends and at the Accident and
Emergency (A&E) Department we have patients
coming in with gunshot wounds and gangs following
them in the A&E.
"This is not only happening at SFGH but also
at our district health facilities and even in the Area
Hospital, Point Fortin. While we have internal and
private security you find that the criminal element
would be a little more cautious when there are TTPS
officers around," Gosine said.
He said situations like those have been going on
for some time "and we have situations where we
have to provide counselling for staff based on what
Gosine said the crime scourge in the country "has
caused us to spend much more funding on security
at all our facilities to protect our staff and patients."
His comments were made after the escape of a
murder suspect on Sunday who was supposed to
have been under police guard.
The escapee was injured in a shooting incident
which also left another man in a critical condition
at the same hospital. Hospital authorities fear the
suspect may return to finish off the job.
Gosine called on staff not to be afraid. He said
while police officers normally guard suspects/pris-
oners, the escape on Sunday was more the exception
than the norm.
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Hunt for escaped
Man on run linked to new killing
Gangs spark fear at
A prisoner who
escaped from the Car-
rera Island Prison on
Sunday remained on the
run last night.
Reynold "Bago" James,
formerly of Windy Hill,
Five Rivers, Arouca,
escaped from the prison
around 5 pm. He is
approximately 166 cm in
height with an oval face and dark complexion.
He was serving time for a series of robberies.
Last year, Steve McGilvery, of Sea Lots,and
Leroy Mohammed, of Gasparillo, escaped from
the same prison on Independence Day. They
remain at large.
McGilvery was serving 30 years with hard labour
for manslaughter while Mohammed was sentenced
to ten years for robbery and possession of firearms.
Another inmate escapes
from Carrera prison
Reynold "Bago" James
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