UPDATED 10:00 am: ACT police say further charges after likely after two people faced the ACT Magistrates Court this morning in connection with last night’s prison escape bid.
Charges of escaping from lawful custody were laid after police apprehended a 28-year-old man who had escaped from ACT Corrective Services custody on Friday afternoon. He was allegedly located in a Lyneham roof after police acted on information received from the public.
A 28-year-old Hackett woman has also been charged with three counts of assaulting frontline community service providers, dangerous driving, driving while suspended, taking a motor vehicle without consent, not giving particulars to the other driver after a crash, and damaging property.
Police say that investigations into yesterday’s events are continuing.
10 July, 6:00 am: A short-lived prisoner escape has ended after a 28-year-old detainee, described by police as having a distinctive rat’s tail and tattoos, was allegedly found hiding in a Lyneham house roof at around 9:00 pm on Friday night.
ACT police have described the escape and subsequent search as “a little bit like a scene out of a Hollywood movie”.
The drama began at around 4 pm when a Jeep rammed into an ACT Corrective Services vehicle that was being used to transport the man from the Alexander Maconachie Centre to the Canberra Hospital.
Police said the prisoner, who was handcuffed at the time, fled the scene with a woman. The Jeep was later found alight in Forrest and police appealed for help from the public as a search was mounted.
The man was described as having a distinctive “rat’s tail” at the back of his head, being about 193 cm tall and of Caucasian appearance, with brown hair, hazel eyes and tattoos on his right upper arm.
Information from the public led police to a house in Lyneham where the man was allegedly found hiding in a roof space.
“Specialist negotiators facilitated the safe surrender of the man at about 9:00 pm,” ACT Policing said in a statement.
“Two females, believed to have been involved in the escape, were also arrested at the Lyneham house”.
All three people have been transported to the ACT Watch House and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday. Police said investigations are continuing.
ACT Policing has thanked the public for their cooperation and assistance during the operation.
Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.