329 prisoners escaped during prison break in Croix-des-Bouquets

On one faithful day in August, one prison in Haiti lost a number of inmates it has taken years to amass. On Sunday the 10th of August, 2014, armed, unidentified men stormed into the Croix-des-Bouquets prison, allowing free 329 inmates, including the 2012 convicted son of a prominent Haitian businessman, leader of a kidnapping and murder gang in the capital, Clifford Brandt.


While the mass escape following a startling takeover is news in and of itself, speculation is rife that the entire staging was simply a cover through which to free Brandt from prison. Now, Haitian police as scouring the likely areas of the country, including near the border they share with the Dominican Republic, to find Brandt and the other escapees. So far, they have apprehended nearly a dozen.

Fears include that the highly dangerous criminals have fled into the Dominican Republic to then make their way into other countries such as Jamaica. As such, Haiti called for help from the authorities of those countries, along with other international aid from bodies such as Interpol, to recapture the escapees and bring them back into custody.

The prison was built in 2012 through help from the Government of Canada in response to the need created after the 2010 earthquake damaged the prior prison in Port-au-Prince where nearly 900 inmates had been held. It is unsure how the gunmen were able to storm the relatively new prison facility, but 2 guards were reportedly wounded in the raid.

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