Headline — 25 February 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego
Manhunt for Jarod “Steel Bob” Lamb ends violently

Criminals have learned that pedestrian crossings provide opportunity for escape

The police manhunt to recapture escaped prisoner and accused murderer , Jarod “Steel Bob” Lamb, 25, of Ontario, came to a violent conclusion at about 4:00 this afternoon, in the area of the San Ignacio cemetery, where policemen found and shot him just below the right knee.

Lamb was taken to the San Ignacio Hospital, after which he was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, under police escort.

After Lamb is released from the hospital, he will be charged with escape from lawful custody, and returned to the prison cell at the Belize Central Prison, where he has been remanded on a murder charge.

Lamb had escaped from San Ignacio police at about 8:30 Thursday morning, and they have been searching for him ever since. Lamb was today sighted in the area of the Santa Elena cemetery and residents called police, who responded immediately. When Lamb saw the cops, he ran, and they fired at him, hitting him just below the knee.

Residents of the Ontario area and surrounding areas of Cayo were uneasy after Lamb escaped from police custody.

Lamb was on remand at the Belize Central Prison on charges of murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery, and was being taken to the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, from the Belize Central Prison, sometime before 9:00 Thursday morning when he escaped.

Lamb slipped out of police custody when the van in which he was being transported slowed down at a pedestrian crossing on arrival in Ontario. He somehow managed to free the shackles that were restraining him in the van, and he quickly jumped up, kicked open the back door, jumped out of the police van and sprinted away.

Police chased him, but despite their best efforts, were not able to catch him.

Lamb had been on remand, with Marvin “Bombo” Neal, for the January 2013 murder of Cayo businessman and PUP member Steven Valencia at his home on La Loma Luz Boulevard in Santa Elena. Lamb allegedly killed Valencia in front of his seven and four-year-old daughters – around 9:00 on the night of January 24, 2013.

However, Lamb was at large for over five months, while allegedly committing more crimes in the Cayo area. He was captured by Belmopan police, who ambushed him in an area in Camalote on the night of June 2 last year.

In addition to being charged jointly with Marvin “Bombo” Neal for Valencia’s murder, Lamb was additionally charged for the attempted murder of Seleni Osgalla and for burglarizing Osgalla’s residence, which occurred on April 16, 2013, near Rumors Resort on the Benque Viejo Road in the Cayo District.

After being arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, Lamb was taken back to the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court to face other charges for crimes police accused him of committing in the area. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville.

Meanwhile, escaped prisoner Edwin Paula, 29, of Salvapan, Belmopan, still remains on the run. He was on remand at the Belize Central Prison along with three others on charges of murder, attempted murder, and for charges related to the brazen robbery of college students in the dorm of the University of Belize, Belmopan Campus. He is accused of killing a man during a robbery at La Choza bar in Belmopan.

On Monday, February, 3, Paula was being taken back to the Belize Central Prison from the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court when upon reaching the Cotton Tree pedestrian ramp, he managed to take off his handcuffs and shackles from his feet, jump out of the police van and sprint away.

Police chased him, but again, despite their best efforts, they could not catch him.

Tonight Edwin Paula remains on the lam.

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