The search for Steven Alphonse of Belles – a murder convict- who escaped the state penitentiary on January 27, 2010 is still ongoing, and police have urged the prisoner to turn himself in to prevent himself from potential harm against his victim’s family.
In a media briefing this morning Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Claude Weekes said that the assailant is at large and his whereabouts are unknown.
“All of us including the citizenry of the Commonwealth of Dominica we’ve got to be vigilant. I can’t tell you if Steven Alphonse, the escapee, is in Dominica or out of the jurisdiction, but what I can say is that we continue to be vigilant, we continue as well to work with our foreign partners with respect to recapturing Steven Alphonse,” Weekes said.
“I appeal to Mr. Alphonse wherever he is, whether he is in this jurisdiction or his family as well, who may be in contact with him, I would really strongly appeal to them and Mr Steven Alphonse as well to come back, to return to the prison. It may have been frustrating for him. He may have his reasons why he escaped, but I don’t think he should be a fugitive. In my opinion I fear for him,” the PRO stated.
In expressing the reasons for his fear, Weekes said there may be retributions or reprisals towards Alphonse coming from the victim’s family. “You do not know how the family of the victim are thinking and he puts himself at risk. He is very, very vulnerable, and even if he is an escapee, but we still have to protect him,” Weekes added.
According to him, though Alphonse is dangerous, he is still a human being under the constitution of Dominica and needs to be protected.
“…We too have to protect him and the only way to protect him is to recapture him and is to bring him back to the penal institution,” the police inspector said.
Alphonse was convicted for the brutal murder of a young girl in the early 1990’s, and was sentenced to be hanged, but later appealed the sentence and was commuted to jail for 40 years.
This is the third time that he has escaped the jurisdiction. The last time he was found in Guadeloupe and deported back here.
Police have deemed Alphonse armed and dangerous. “I don’t think we can take any chances,” Weekes said.
The PRO urged persons who may have information regarding the escapee’s whereabouts, including his family, to inform the authorities.
According to information from the police, Alphonse is five feet- five inches tall and is fair in complexion with a stumpy build. He has an oval face, thin eyebrows, a bulbous nose and round chin.
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