Four dangerous escapees from Mariental re-arrested

OTJIWARONGO: Four trial awaiting prisoners who escaped from the Mariental police holding cells in the early hours of Monday this week, were re-arrested later the same day in Okahandja.

The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that the four escapees have cases of murder, robberry and stock theft in Mariental.

Mbeha said a 43-year-old man who allegedly transported them from Mariental in the //Karas Region to Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa Region, was also arrested in Okahandja’sNau-Aib residential area on Monday evening at about 21h30.

The four escapees are aged 24, 25, 24, and 35-years-old.

According to Mbeha, police officers of the Windhoek’s serious crime unit had teamed up with the detective police officers of Okahandja to apprehend these Mariental escapees and their suspected accomplice driver.

“We were monitoring their movements. When they arrived at a carwash in Nau-Aib in Okahandja, our informers alerted a team of skilled police officers from Windhoek’s serious crime unit, and our detective police officers from Okahandja in order to successfully apprehend them,” said Mbeha.

Mbeha explained that the four trial awaiting men were kept in one cell at the Mariental police holding cells.

She said it is suspected they had broken down the door of their cell using unknown object and fled the town of Mariental.

At the time of their re-arrest, All four escapees were not armed at the time of their re-arrest. The 43-year-old man who allegedly transported them from Mariental to Okahandja was however found with his private licensed pistol.

Mbeha said the five arrested men in total, will be transported back to Mariental where they are expected to appear in court during the course of this week.

Police investigations continue.