ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The second suspect in the October double murder of two Dominican men has escaped police custody.
Kergus Martin Jr jumped through a bathroom window at St John’s Police Station yesterday afternoon.
It is not the first time a suspect has used the window as an escape route.
Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Nuffield Burnette said an investigation will be launched and the “chips will fall where they may.”
Martin’s break out came hours after another person of interest in the killings broke loose from Montserrat Police.
The Montserratian cops were delivering that suspect – Kenroy “Satu” Marshall – to local lawmen at the VC Bird International Airport.
Marshall and Martin Jr were captured in Montserrat over the weekend.
Reports indicate the foreign cops unlocked Marshall’s handcuffs to allow him to sign immigration documents. He made his dash for freedom shortly after 1:15 pm.
Close to two weeks ago Marshall eluded local police by plunging through a window at a house in Jennings.
Lawmen, acting on a tip-off, went to the house but when they called out to him at the front of the property, he made his exit through a window at the back.
He slithered through the bushes and disappeared. He turned up in Montserrat last week.
Meanwhile, Martin Jr, is, according to Burnette, the same suspect nabbed in mid-December following an alleged shootout with police at Yeptons Beach.
He had allegedly engaged lawmen in a two-hour stand off but was eventually captured as more police personnel and the Antigua & Barbuda Coast Guard joined the operation.
Martin Jr was later released pending further investigations. Sources said, days later, police recovered the weapon they believed he used to keep them at bay in the stand off.
Having knowledge of the aforementioned, Superintendent Burnette warned, “These persons may be armed and dangerous. If seen, they should not be approached. Persons should inform the nearest police station.”
Police describe both men as tall, dark and slim.
They are wanted in connection with the murders of Dominican nationals Dermouth Riviere and Alwin Robin whose bodies were found in a Cedar Valley house in early October. They had been shot in the head and Riviere’s hands and feet were bound.
Thirty-five kilograms of cocaine was also found at the scene near the bodies and two ex-cops – Cosbert Sergeant and Arleigh Byer – have since been charged for drug possession.