Robbery suspect escapes

The National, Wednesday July 6th, 2016

A MAN allegedly involved in a hold-up at a shop in Manus in which more than K71,000 was stolen has escaped from custody last week, say police.
Acting provincial police commander, Senior Inspector David Yapu said they were looking for Kelly Kuwok, 22, from Kolwin village in the Bupichupen-Lelemadih LLG, in Lorengau.
He escaped after returning from court between 1pm and 2pm last Friday.
He was charged with the theft at the Lorengau Enterprise Limited with Eddie Molou.
Yapu said it was frustrating for police to see Kuwok escape after they had done all the hard work to apprehend him.
He said cash and goods worth about K71,752 were stolen. The Indian national and his shop assistant were attacked with a knife.
Yapu said the prison facilities at Manus were run down and lacked manpower.
“Police had taken some time to look for him and finally arrest him. It would be another burden for my officers to go out and look for him again. It is another waste of time and resource for police,” Yapu said.
Yapu has warned the people not to harbour escapees but bring him to police or provide information on his whereabouts.
“He is high risk and a threat to the community. Those people who harbour the escapee will be arrested and charged by police as the offence of harbouring is a serious one,” Yapu said.