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Crime & Punishment of Friday, 4 January 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Runaway kidnapping suspect re-arrested after manhunt

A fugitive alleged to be behind serial kidnappings in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western region has been re-arrested.

Samuel Wilson Utoderg was arrested from his hideout in Takoradi on Thursday night ending nearly four days of his escape.

According to the Police, the 28-year old escaped December 30, 2018, after he used an implement to cut the iron rod for the ventilation in the cell at the Takoradi Central police station.

Seven officers on duty faced interdiction and had been given 10 days to re-capture the suspect. The police officers may now heave a sigh of relief.

Police are yet to give details on how the suspect was re-arrested but photos show the suspect bloodied in the head and without pants.

Relatives of some kidnapped victims were called by the Bureau for National Investigations (BNI) officials Friday morning to identify the suspect.

According to a Daily Guide report, the victims are 16-year old Senior High School student who was captured on August 15, 2018 and found the next dawn. She could not speak when she was found close to her home. She could only write and send text messages.

The teenager later drew a snake with two heads, rituals, waist beads, mute and juju.

Another victim was a 21-year old woman for whom the family had to pay a ¢4,000 ransom via mobile money to secure her release.

The man who has a Nigerian accent is believed to be the mastermind behind these cases in the Sekondi - Takoradi metropolis.

The suspect who the Police described as dangerous was first arrested by the BNI a week ago in an uncompleted building at Kansaworado, a suburb of Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.

He was handed over to the police for investigations and was later remanded by a court. Samuel Utoderg was to re-appear on January 9, 2018.

News of his escape angered residents within the metropolis and a picket was planned for Friday at the Central Police station. The disappointed residents said they had lost trust in the police following the escape and feel unsafe.

But before the picket could start, the police had reproduced the suspect.