16 Apr 2011

Investigation to be launched into daylight escape of American Samoa inmates

10:22 am on 16 April 2011

American Samoa's Department of Public Safety is to investigate Wednesday's broad daylight escape of two teenaged inmates from the Territorial Correctional Facility.

The Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety, Leseiau Laumoli, says the 18 and 19- year-old prisoners appear to have escaped on the way to evening prayers at about 4.30pm.

They were found after a search at about 8pm in Puapua and are now in solitary confinement to be charged with escape from confinement.

Leseiau says the department will look into how the inmates managed to climb the prison fence during daylight without anyone taking notice.

Some government housing residents next door to the prison have complained that the department failed to informed them about the prisoners' escape.