Escaped inmates left islandPOSTED: 09/24/13 2:41 PM
St. Maarten – There is no trace of the three inmates that escaped from the prison section of the police station in Philipsburg on Sunday June 23. “They are still escaped,” Solicitor-General Taco Stein told this newspaper by phone from the Netherlands yesterday. “They are internationally wanted, but our feeling is that they have all left the island. We’ll have to wait and see if they will show themselves again here in the future.”
The investigation into the escape is still ongoing, Stein said, adding that he had no details about the state of this investigation.
Shortly after the three men escaped, the prosecutor’s office put up a $5,000 reward for information about their whereabouts, but until now, nobody has come forward.
The three escapees are Sobiesky Manuel Parrondo (age 25), Carlos Miquel Olivier-Ruiz (29) and Marco David Santana-Guerero (29).
Parrondo was sentenced in absentia on July 24 to 14 years for the November 10, 2012 murder of Gaston Gumbs. Another suspect in that case, Stevenson Pinder is currently detained and he was also sentenced to 14 years. The Gaston Gumbs murder had to do with a 25 kilo cocaine deal.
The two other escapees, Olivier-Ruiz and Santana-Guerero were in pretrial detention on drugs charges.
Parrondo is listed as a wanted man on the Interpol website. He speaks three languages – French, English and Spanish – and has dual nationality (from the Dominican Republic and France). Interpol lists Parrondo as wanted for murder, firearm and drugs violations.
Olivier-Ruiz and Santana-Guerero are also listed on the Interpol wanted list for drugs-related crimes.