Police have issued a wanted bulletin for 23-year-old Nicholas James, who escaped from police custody at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) last Tuesday.
James, who was nursing a gunshot wound to his buttocks, is wanted for a robbery committed on the Popeye’s Restaurant on Vlissengen Road Sunday night.
He was shot by a plainclothes rank when he and three of his accomplices tried to rob the fast food outlet.
On Monday, when this newspaper visited James at the hospital, he was not wearing handcuffs.
The police rank who was tasked with guarding him was seen standing outside the room. James at the time was communicating with a female nurse.
When the reporter asked the rank why the prisoner was not handcuffed, he said that James was in a lot of pain and he did not want to hurt him more.
After being reminded of the previous cases when prisoners had tricked police and escaped, the police rank walked up to James and took out his handcuffs, but put them away when the prisoner cried out for pain.
“Man look how much pain he deh in…he can’t move from here. He get shoot in he butt so he can’t move, and I don’t want to hurt him more,” the policeman said before leaving the room.
He was told by other patients that James’ hands were not injured and that he could be handcuffed. He was also advised to call Brickdam Police station and request shackles if he didn’t want to use the handcuffs, but he did not respond.
James had told this newspaper that he was kidnapped in Parika by two armed men who then shot him and dumped him at the crime scene before escaping in his rented car.
However, according to reports, the policeman was purchasing food around 20:00 hrs Sunday when James reportedly stormed into the fast food outlet and demanded all customers to lie on the floor, He then went to the cashier and demanded money.
This newspaper was told that James’ alleged accomplices, who were waiting for him outside the restaurant, escaped when they saw that he had been wounded.
On March 11, last, Delroy Brown, who was detained after he and an accomplice were caught with two unlicenced guns, managed to escape from police custody at the GPHC despite being shot in both legs.
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