Manhunt under way after 5 prisoners escape holding cells

2016-01-24 18:00


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Cape Town - Five prisoners are on the run after they escaped from the holding cells at the Lentegeur police station in Mitchell’s Plain on Saturday, Western Cape SAPS said on Sunday.

The escapees, all awaiting their first court appearances, managed to flee at about 12:30, spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed.

“The five males aged between 21 and 33 were in custody for separate cases like possession of drugs, robbery with a firearm, theft of motor vehicle and business robbery,” he said.

“A tracing team is currently looking for the suspects [and] SAPS have launched a manhunt for these escapees.”

Van Wyk would not divulge how the escape took place, saying it formed part of the investigation.

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