Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson has ordered the Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau (IPROB) to immediately launch a probe into the circumstances surrounding the escape of Rudolph Shaw from Central Police Lock-Ups on Thursday, October 6.
Thirty-year-old Shaw has been in Police custody since July 27. A long-time staple on the most wanted list in the divisions of St. Catherine North and St. Catherine South, he was captured in the Cayman Islands on Friday, July 8 and subsequently deported to Jamaica. He was then charged with two counts of Murder, two counts of Wounding with Intent, Illegal Possession of Firearm and Ammunition and Absconding Bail. He was remanded in custody and was awaiting his next court date on October 12 at the time of his escape.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Shaw was discovered missing from his cell about 6:30 a.m. during inspections. It has also been discovered that an air vent leading to Shaw’s cell had been cut.
Members of the public are being advised that Shaw is considered a dangerous man. Before his arrest, he was a person of interest in several incidents of shooting and murder across the parish of St. Catherine and was also listed as wanted in both divisions of the parish. Persons are therefore urged to desist from providing safe haven for Shaw, and to call the Police immediately if he is seen. Moreover, persons are also being reminded that it is an offence to harbour a fugitive.