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The manhunt continues for a detainee reported missing from the Department of Corrections' Mangilao facility on Tuesday afternoon.       

Have you seen Meisy Aliwis? "We do consider him dangerous he is an escapee from the Department of Corrections," explained DepCor deputy director Carla Borja. "We ask that if anyone in the community does see him that they do not engage with him that they contact 911." The 26-year-old Aliwis was reported missing from the Mangilao prison yesterday afternoon.

According to Borja, the defendant's attorney came to visit him. That's when prison officials realized he was nowhere to be found - not in Post 18, where he was being housed among other pre-trial detainees, and nowhere on the Mangilao compound. "The officers at that time noted that he was not in his assigned housing unit. Where they conducted a headcount and perimeter sweep and confirmed that he was not in our facility," she explained.

A multi-agency search was launched to include DepCor officers, Judiciary of Guam Marshals, US Marshals, and the Guam Police Department. Search teams focused on Mangilao, Yigo, Tamuning, Tumon, and Barrigada on Tuesday, and according to intelligence received last night, focused in the Barrigada area Wednesday.

KUAM News has learned that Aliwis may have been on the run since the weekend, but Borja could not confirm this information, only stating that an Internal Affairs investigation has been launched to determine when Aliwis removed himself from the Mangilao compound.

According to court documents it was over seven months ago, Aliwis' alleged victim reported the two were on their way to the store to get a few things. On the ride to the store, Aliwis forced the girl to drink alcohol before taking her to an area in Mangilao, removing her pants, and raping her. The girl was only 15 years old at the time. After the alleged rape, Aliwis continued to drive on and it was in village of Yigo the girl was able to make her escape, jumping out of the moving vehicle.

Borja said, "As of last night when we alerted the Superior Court of Guam, the Marshals, the Guam Police Department, they went ahead and secured the victim as well as the assigned judge for Mr. Aliwis."

The recent escape only puts more pressure on the island's only correctional facility, which is already under close supervision by the feds. A court order requires DOC to procure an electronic locking system and provide routine medical, dental, and mental healthcare to detainees and inmates.

While this marks the second escape from DepCor in the last few years - the first being defendant Keith Garrido, a detainee who managed to escape from a DepCor vehicle en route to his court hearing - Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio tells KUAM News the prison has vulnerabilities just like any other agency and that he continues to stand by DOC. "Director Jose San Agustin is an absolute great leader. We stand behind him. We are continuing to pursue this individual with all the public safety individuals lending their more than capable abilities to gather information, lookout for any tips. Try to track him down," Tenorio said.

The escape has also prompted Senator Brant McCreadie to call for an oversight for the island's prison as well as write to Governor Eddie Calvo to push legislation he's proposed to build a new prison facility.


 

Department of Corrections Deputy Director Carla Borja confirms the search continues for 26-year-old Meisy Aliwis, a...

Posted by KUAM News on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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