6th escapee recaptured

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One more escapee in the Jan 12 Bomana prison breakout was recaptured yesterday. Kito Aso was caught near the Morata swamp in Port Moresby at around 3:30pm.Two other people who were with Aso were also detained and brought to the police station for questioning.
Police were on routine patrol in the area, and got a tip off and moved in to arrest him.
Aso is classified as one of the six high profile detainees by police and Correctional Services authorities.
He was alleged to have been involved in the BSP bank robberies in 2008 along with William Nanua Kapris and Oliver Ben Gabi.
Gabi was the first to be recaptured, while Kapris was caught three weeks ago in a motel in the city.
Three other high profile detainees still on the run are Don Aka, Elizah Tingal and Ben Nom.
Of the 12 that broke out from Bomana on Jan 12, six have now been recaptured.
Police confirmed that Aso was not shot at or harmed as he did not make any attempt to escape when they arrested him.
Police confirmed last night that Aso and two other suspects were detained at the Boroko police station cell.
They said they were carrying out their operations effectively and were closing in on the remaining escapees and the mystery woman lawyer.
Police have also called on the woman “human rights lawyer”, who allegedly aided the escape, to voluntarily surrender.
Last week, the woman’s mother was questioned by police in Lae.
Meanwhile, Port Moresby General Hospital staff said last night that John Siko Wel, an escapee who was recaptured earlier this month and nursing bullet wounds to his right knee, was transferred to the surgical ward for surgery last night.
He was transferred under heavy police guard.
Siko Wel is expected to be taken back into police custody this week.
It is understood doctors elected not to amputate his leg.
The escapee was shot in the right knee as he tried to escape when the police moved in to arrest him at a home in Gerehu.