Reward for information About escapee FortunePOSTED: 03/21/16 7:25 PM
Convicted killer on the run for 35 days
St. Maarten News – The justice departments on both the Dutch and the French side of the island are continuing the intense search for the 38-year-old prisoner Kathron Fortune aka Cuchi who escaped on Monday February 15 during a scheduled visit to the doctor’s office of Dr. Paul de Windt on Welgelegen Road in Cay Hill. Not counting the afternoon he escaped, Fortune has been on the run for 35 days today.
Fortune is serving a 21 year prison sentence for the cold-blooded murder of 22-year-old Ervin Margarita on May 11, 2006 in Rice Hill Estate. During his escape shots were fired and it is still being investigated whether the prisoner got access to a firearm. Fortune, who hails from Grenada, managed to avoid his capture even though an intense search was done by the police department and prison guards in the Cay Hill area, where he was last seen. “We assume he had help from external sources to facilitate his escape,” the police and the prosecutor’s office said in a joint press statement.
Immediately after Fortune’s escape the Public Prosecutor’s Office and Police the Department released a joint press release, to inform the public and to request its assistance to be on the look-out for this fugitive and not to attempt to capture him, because he has been classified as armed and extremely dangerous.
A full description and the latest photograph on file were part of the press release along with phone numbers to call if anyone had any information which could lead to the recapture of the fugitive. “The unlawful escape of this prisoner has raised serious concerns for safety and it has created much unrest within the community,” the press release states. “The immediate posting of his escape on the Facebook page of the police force got a lot views and shares. We would like to thank the community for their input and support; nevertheless the information that we received is still insufficient to accurately pinpoint his location.”
The police force had been working together with the French Gendarmes conducting general controls on different locations. Gendarmes conducted house searches in the French Quarter area to locate Cuchi; French authorities are looking for him as a suspect in the murder and torture of Angelique Chauviré between May 31 and June 2, 2006 –the day her body was found in Dawn Beach. These searches also did not lead to the arrest or recapture of the prisoner.
Fortune has possibly changed his appearance and might be using several disguises and mode of transportations to get from one location to another, the oppress release states. “Authorities on both sides of the island strongly believe that he is being assisted by an unknown person or persons in the community. The Public Prosecutors Office and police department are taking this opportunity to remind the entire community that housing an escaped prisoner and assisting in the prevention of his/her recapture is a serious criminal offence and that person or person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The Public Prosecutors Office and police department continue to request assistance from the community by being vigilant and be on the look out for this fugitive. The Justice Department will not stop with this search. “Nevertheless they cannot do it alone and needs the assistance from the community to locate this fugitive, recapture him and to safely return him to prison where he belongs. Once this fugitive has been returned to prison a heightened sense of tranquility will return and be felt among our citizens.”
The search for Fortune has intensified and will continue. The Public Prosecutors Office has posted a reward of 5,000 guilders – available to anyone for information that leads to the recapture of this fugitive of the law.
Anyone who has information that can lead to the recapture of this fugitive should get in contact with the police department by calling 542 22 22 ext. 214 or 215, the anonymous tip line # 9300 or 911. All calls will remain totally confidential.