Convict recaptured during dawn raid

PPC Manus, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the prisoner, named Wendol Agua, aged 24 of Likum village in Pobuma LLG, Lorengau, escaped from police custody and was on the run until October 6th.

Agua escaped after he was sentenced by the Lorengau National Court on the 10th of April to serve 30 years in hard labour, where he would be discharged on the 9th of April, 2049.

Yapu further appealed to the people and community in Manus Province to assist police and provide information on those escapees who are still on the run.

Escapee wounded, apprehended

Lae police report that he had escaped from Buimo Correctional Services and was apprehended, sent back only to escape again when he was transferred to Barawagi CS, Simbu.

“Police had been receiving telephone calls that there had been attempted armed hold up in the area. SRU 104 was on routine patrol when they came across the escapee, who was armed with a homemade gun,” police stated.

Police intervened where the suspect was shot in the leg and apprehended.

Court awaits escapee’s statement

The prisoner who broke out from Buimo prison in Lae while serving a 9 year sentence found himself in court again, this time in Port Moresby, for armed robbery allegations.

Andrew Jawa was arrested and charged for armed robbery and unlawful use of motor vehicle, with two others, over a robbery incident that took place at Koki Salvation Army office in April last year.

While in custody, police and Correctional Service realized he was an escapee from Buimo, and slapped him with an additional charge of escaping lawful custody.

One Manus escapee still on the run

This now brings the total to five arrested. They were further slapped with the charge of escaping lawful custody on top of the charges they were facing before they escaped on 31 December 2017.

The three who surrendered to CS officials are Walter Ted (24) from Lukum village, Pobuma LLG, who is on wilful murder charge, Potiloh Pokuwil (28) from Buliso village, Bupi Chupen Lelemadih LLG, on attempted murder charge and 19-year-old Manuel Popres of Tingou village, Tetidu LLG. He is facing armed robbery, break and enter and unlawful wounding charges.  

Sexual abuse escapees surrender

The two suspects who gave themselves up are 27-year-old Oli Egi of Bulihan village, who was charged for rape, and 44-year-old Robber Matthew of Lihai village, who is facing sexual touching charge.

They will be slapped with another charge of escaping lawful custody.

Police allege that Egi was also involved in the attempted rape of two females at ward one on the day he escaped.

He will be questioned over the incident and is expected to be slapped with further charges on top of the initial rape charge he was in CS custody for. 

Buimo escapee finds himself in court

Andrew Jawa was arrested and charged for armed robbery and unlawful use of motor vehicle, with two others, over an armed robbery that took place at Koki in April this year.

While in custody, police and Correctional Service realised he was an escapee from Buimo and slapped him with an additional charge of escaping lawful custody.

He appeared at the Waigani Committal Court today where his lawyer made submissions in relation to the armed robbery and unlawful use of motor vehicle charge.

Lae police apprehend escapee

Abraham Black escaped during the mass break out in 2016 at Buimo CS.

He was alleged to have held up a mobile phone company sales team along the back road while they were out on product promotions run, where he was positively identified by surrounding communities.

Police say Black had in his possession a homemade gun and other weapons.

He was found to have been involved in other crimes as well as terrorising the community along the back road of Lae.

Another Buimo escapee apprehended

According to Lae police, some other suspects had broken into a company premises at 4am in the morning.

They were disturbed by Security Guards causing the suspects to open fire at the Security Guards.

Fortunately no one was hurt.

The Security Company contacted Police through our Toll Free number of which the Sector Response Unit 101 responded immediately to the scene.

Suspects were chased on foot but evaded arrest by going into residential areas.

Community hands over escapee to police

He was charged for Arm Robbery with 7 others back in 2013 at Eriku Service Station 2013 and had escaped at Buimo CIS in 2014.

During his absence, he was convicted without his presence by the Lae National Court.

He was also wanted for questioning in relation to a Murder at the back road.

He had been threatening the community when they mobilized, injured and captured him at Ass Mambu back road.

Police were later informed and picked him up, charging him for escaping from lawful custody.

Locals kill escapee and friend

The incident took place between 10.30pm and 11pm last Saturday (March 19th) at Busurum along the back road of Lae city (Malahang).

The two deceased earlier in the afternoon were under the influence of drugs and alcohol and were terrorising the market women and their children.

They went about Taweng market destroying market tables and stealing money and personal property from vendors and customers there.