Headline — 15 September 2018 — by Albert J. Ciego
Cops “allow” Kevin Bodden, 25, to escape from Queen Street Police Station

Bodden was wanted for the murder of Kendis Flowers, 27, of Mayflower Street almost 6 months ago

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 13, 2018– Police’s investigation into the shooting death of Kendis Flowers, 27, a laborer of Mayflower Street, which occurred on the morning of Saturday, March 17, on Sibun Street, led to Kevin Bodden, 25, a laborer of Belize City, who fled the area when he received the information that he was a wanted man.

A wanted poster was issued for Bodden’s arrest, but he could not be found.

On Saturday, however, during the Carnival Road March, almost six months after a warrant to arrest him was issued, he was seen in the city watching the parade, and police arrested him and formally charged him for Flowers’ death.

Bodden, however, promptly escaped from police custody in what can only be described as “shady circumstances.”

On Sunday September 9, police announced via the Police Press Group that Bodden had been charged with murder, attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and wounding. He was then put in a cell at the Queen Street Police Station, pending arraignment for the offences on Tuesday, September 11.

During the weekly police press brief held on Tuesday, at the Queen Street Police Station, ASP Alejandro Cowo announced, however, that Bodden had escaped sometime during Sunday night or early Monday morning, September 10.

Cowo said that Bodden asked to be taken to the toilet, and he was taken out of the cell and while being escorted to the toilet, he quickly bolted out of the cell area, out of the station and out of the compound.

Police began a hunt for him, and today, they said that Bodden has been seen in the city, and they are searching for him. He has not yet been found as of press time tonight, Thursday, however.

Cowo said that there are procedures to handle prisoners when moving them from one place to another, but all the procedures were breached and protocols were ignored.

During the weekly press brief held today at the Queen Street Police Station, Cowo said that the officers responsible for the escape have been arrested and charged internally and will be taken before a police tribunal.

Cowo said that a criminal investigation has been launched into the escape. Anyone who sees Kevin Bodden or has information that could lead to finding him is urged to call the nearest police station, 911, or 0800-922- TIPS.

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