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How did Meisy Aliwis escape?

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The search may have ended for escaped detainee Meisy Aliwis, but the investigation is just beginning to determine how he broke out in the first place and just how long he'd actually been out in the community. After more than 24 hours on the run, Aliwis is back in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

A team of federal and local law enforcement officers caught him along Emma Street in Barrigada. DOC deputy director Carla Borja said, "Because that's where the information was coming from that, that's where he was located."

Information from the public was crucial to his capture. According to Police Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, Aliwis was hoping to use the cover of night, but it was the community that shed light on his whereabouts. He added, "We knew that he was hunkered down and waiting for nightfall, and sure enough, he popped up and the public helped us in pursuing him and we took him down really quick."

Aliwis was considered dangerous. He was arrested in October 2014 for raping a 15-year-old girl. His attorney was scheduled to visit with him on Tuesday. That's when DepCor officers realized he was missing from Post 18. Multiple sources however confirm his girlfriend, Tachina Rosou, told investigators Aliwis showed up at her doorstep days before he reportedly escaped. Rosou was arrested Wednesday night for hindering apprehension.

When asked if Aliwis had been on the run since Saturday, Officer Balajadia commented, "We have no information that would confirm that but that will be part of the internal affairs investigation."

If in fact Aliwis was out since Saturday morning, it would mean that he would have escaped during Condition of Readiness 1 a result of Typhoon Dolphin's passage. It would also mean that routine head counts for detainees may not have been conducted. "It still too early to determine exactly how he was able to leave the compound," he said.

For the time being, DepCor along with the community are relieved he's back in custody and appreciative of all those involved in the manhunt and apprehension of Aliwis. "I think if there's anything to focus on in this situation is that when something does happen that does cause a danger to the community that the law enforcement community will ban together and do what we have to do to protect the community," said Borja.

Involved with Aliwis' capture were federal and local Marshals, the Guam Police Department's SWAT unit, GPD's Criminal Justice Strike Force, the GPD Criminal Investigations Division, as well as the Department of Corrections Special Operations Response Team.

Aliwis now faces additional charges of felonious escape and resisting arrest.

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