‘Facebook fugitive’ taunts cops

2010-07-15 13:03

Hamilton - A tiny island surrounded by miles of empty ocean might not seem like the ideal terrain for an escaped prisoner on the run.

But 24-year-old Alvone Maybury has evaded police in Bermuda for more than 36 hours - and has still found time to update his Facebook page.

Maybury, who is still on the loose, has made at least 10 posts since he escaped on Tuesday morning.

As armed police searched the holiday haven for the missing fugitive, Maybury boasted on the social networking site that he was relaxing, playing on his PlayStation.

In his first posting at around midnight on the day he escaped, he wrote: "Just let me be, fuck jail n (sic) all the people who run it."

Five hours later he was back on the website, commenting: "I'm just chillin playin p.s3. Lol."

Maybury, whose brazen daylight escape was captured on camera by a local televison station, added another post on Thursday saying: "I'm a TV star now."

Messages of support

Scores of friends have commented on his site offering words of support, telling him to stay safe and advising him to stop posting updates.

"Wherever ya hiding be safe please," wrote one.

Others congratulate him on his escape and offer advice.

"DONT TRUST NOBODY! STAY SHARP! HEAD UP EYES OPEN! NO SLEEP!" offers another.

Maybury, who is apparently posting his updates from a cellphone, was being escorted from court following an appearance on weapons charges when he made his escape on Wednesday.

He was still wearing his handcuffs when he gave his guards the slip and bolted up a busy street.

A prison officer gave chase but was unable to catch Maybury, who is dark-skinned with braided hair and has a distinctive dollar-sign tattoo under his right eye.

Police conducted a series of raids on homes in the island's capital, Hamilton, on Wednesday, but came up empty.

Bermuda is just 57km² with a population of 65 000 people. The US is the nearest major country. New York is roughly 1 300km or a two-and-a-half hour flight away.
 

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