Fugitive Chadwick Dale was captured hiding in bushes in North Side on Tuesday and is back in custody, almost a week after he and two other inmates broke out of prison.
The Jamaican national, who was serving a six-year sentence for violent offences, including stabbing a woman with a screw driver during a beach robbery, was discovered in undergrowth close to holiday homes near Rum Point at around 2pm Tuesday.
Police search patrols, including sniffer dogs and teams of officers hacking through the brush with machetes, were in the area from 7am.
Police did not comment on whether or not they believe Dale’s fellow escapees, convicted killer Steve Manderson and his son, Marcus, were likely to be in the same area. The search was continuing Tuesday afternoon.
Dale was found close to the Cayman Kai residential area, in overgrown land alongside the road. He was taken immediately to George Town police station and will appear in court within the next few days.
A police spokeswoman confirmed his arrest just after 2.30pm.
“The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service can confirm that Chadwick Dale, one of the three men who escaped from HMP Northward on Wednesday 14 August, has been arrested.
“The arrest took place a few minutes ago in the North Side area following an intelligence-led operation involving the RCIPS and staff from HMP Northward.”
Prison director Neil Lavis said he was delighted that Dale, 22, was back in custody.
“I am very pleased we have got one of them, let’s hope we now get the others as quickly as possible. We will continue to work until that happens.”
North Side was buzzing with activity throughout Tuesday as police and prison officers swarmed the area, apparently following a tip-off from a member of the public. The police helicopter hovered over Rum Point as officers announced over a loud speaker, “we know you are in there, we have you surrounded”, according to witnesses.
More than 30 officers are involved in a joint operation on land and sea to find and capture the fugitives. Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay, who is leading the hunt, acknowledged during a press conference on Monday that there was a possibility the men were sleeping rough, in an effort to avoid detection.
“We keep a very open mind. Obviously, they don’t want to be detected, so staying out of public, out of eyesight of people would be key,” he said.
Police say they are following up on tip offs from the public, as well as searching proactively for the men.
Anyone who sees either of the two remaining escaped prisoners is urged to call 911 or contact the incident room on 925-7240.