Following a tip-off, Immigration Department officers found the pair in a residential rental property in West Bay early Friday, 4 January, less than 24 hours after they escaped.
Deputy Chief Immigration Officer (Enforcement) Gary Wong thanked those who provided the information on the whereabouts of the escaped detainees and encouraged members of the public to share any other information they may have about the escape or concealment of the men.
On Thursday, 3 January 2013, the private security company that manages the Immigration Detention Centre in George Town, discovered the two men, Wilfredo Alarcon and Francisco Rodrigues, were missing during the regular evening head-count.
A statement released by the Immigration Department Tuesday read: “While details of any person/s who illegally assisted them are still forthcoming, the department reminds the public that anyone convicted in such a matter would face a penalty of five years’ imprisonment and up to $70,000 in fines.”
The two Cubans are from the group of 25 that arrived in mid-2012. Another group of five migrants arrived on December 27, 2012, bringing the on-Island total to 30 – the largest number recorded in several years.
Landing illegally in Cayman is a crime and the Immigration Department usually deals with such offenders through a repatriation agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Cuba more than a decade ago.
Anyone with further information on the escape or concealment of the two men are asked to contact 526-0480, 526-7937, 526-0433 or 949-8344.