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UPDATE: Escaped prisoner turns himself in to police

- Olanzo Dore charged with escaping lawful custody
Olanzo Dore, who escaped lawful custody while on Virgin Gorda on April 28, 2017 turned himself in to police on May 1, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Mr Olanzo Dore is on the run after escaping lawful custody on Virgin Gorda today, April 28, 2017. Photo: Provided
Mr Olanzo Dore is on the run after escaping lawful custody on Virgin Gorda today, April 28, 2017. Photo: Provided
A prisoner reportedly escaped lawful custody on Virgin Gorda today, April 28, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
A prisoner reportedly escaped lawful custody on Virgin Gorda today, April 28, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- After spending the weekend as a fugitive, Olanzo Dore, who escaped lawful custody while a prisoner on Friday April 28, 2017 has turned himself in to police.

Virgin Islands News Online had first reported that Mr Dore, 31, a native of St Kitts, had escaped custody while on Virgin Gorda.

The incident took place around 12:40 PM when the prisoner was being taken to board a ferry for Tortola after making an appearance at the Magistrate's Court on Virgin Gorda and being placed on remand.

Police in a press release today, May 2, 2017 said Mr Dore is now in their custody after turning himself in late yesterday evening, May 1, 2017.

Dore, 31, has since been charged with escaping lawful custody.

“Police had sought the assistance of the Virgin Gorda community in locating Dore who escaped custody after he was placed on remand by the Magistrate’s Court in Virgin Gorda on Friday afternoon. Virgin Gorda Police extends their gratitude to the community for bringing a safe and peaceful end to their search,” the press release stated.

See previous article updated April 28, 2017

UPDATE: Escaped prisoner identified as St Kitts national Olanzo Dore

The Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has confirmed our first and accurate story that a prisoner escaped while on Virgin Gorda today, April 28, 2017.

Police have identified the prisoner as Olanzo Dore, 31, who escaped after he was placed on remand by the Magistrate's Court in Virgin Gorda.

"Prison and Police officers were preparing to escort the prisoner, a native of St Kitts, a resident of the Valley, from the vehicle to the ferry boat on the St Thomas Bay Jetty when he ran and made his escape," the RVIPF stated in a press release this afternoon.

Police stated that anyone who has seen Mr Dore or know his whereabouts to immediately contact the Virgin Gorda Police Station through the RVIPF access number 311.

A photo of Mr Dore was also provided to the media by the police. 

See previous article published April 28, 2017

Prisoner escapes on VG

Information reaching our newsroom is that an inmate of Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut is on the loose after escaping custody on Virgin Gorda today, April 28, 2017. 

The escape reportedly took place around 12:40 PM when the prisoner was being taken to board a ferry for Tortola after making an appearance at the Magistrate's Court on Virgin Gorda.

It is unclear if the prisoner, whose name has not been disclosed at this time, was handcuffed at the time of the escape.

More details to follow.

46 Responses to “UPDATE: Escaped prisoner turns himself in to police”

  • one eye (28/04/2017, 15:17) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well sah look trouble
  • VG Resident (28/04/2017, 16:12) Like (17) Dislike (33) Reply
    The security guard allow the man to escape. Why he would take off the handcuff off the man when the boat was still in the water coming. That's the normal practice. No-one didn't surround the area where he ran. This is what our island came to. Outsiders guarding their own. What you expect people. It would get worst unless we make the change.
  • police (28/04/2017, 16:24) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    lol lol lol url joking how much foot steps behind was my squaddies or how relax were they that this can happen
  • concern (28/04/2017, 16:31) Like (28) Dislike (8) Reply
    Please put up a pic of the person. The VG police act like clowns. VG has a woman police force. This is sick. Just so they are all informers. Please commissioner make the switch. They rat out all the business from the station. Drug men have the few men wrapped around their fingers. This is really sad.
  • VG Resident TOO! (28/04/2017, 16:46) Like (86) Dislike (8) Reply
    I was with you up until you veered off into the realm of utter stupidity. "outsiders guarding their own"...what is your point? What changes you suggest me make? I have a few if you have none.
    1. Why don't YOU as a "VG Resident" apply for the job?
    2. Why don't you STOP your foolish prejudice against "outsiders" and stop promoting disharmony and hate?

    I am sick and tired of you PERFECT, HIGH AND MIGHTY, ONE STEP FROM HEAVEN...SMALL MINDED, SCARED being who just happened to be born in the BVI...which just happened to be using US currency because of the proximity to the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to facilitate ease of trade etc...referring to and treating the people from countries much BIGGER than The BVI like they are some sort of sub-human species. EVERYBODY BORN SOMEWHERE! If you go anywhere outside of The BVI, You are an outsider too... how would you feel if when you go to St. Thomas or your idea of heaven aka the Mainland USA, that you are stereotyped and looked down upon? If the guard wrong the guard is wrong, if he didn't follow protocol then he didn't and he should be held accountable and answer for this. NOT because he isn't "from here"...that has no bearing. I agree changes need to be made regarding the transporting of prisoners..they shouldn't be transported on ferries, they should consider using the police vessel for that...this way they can be shackled at all times. The BIGGEST CHANGE needs to be in the way we think and treat each other... Love your neighbor as yourself...do unto others as you would want them to do to you...SMH
    • Virgin Gordian born and raised, living abroad (28/04/2017, 18:18) Like (33) Dislike (26) Reply
      And you left your big country to get the US currency. What happened? Are you jealous that you can't get a visa to go to the United States?...It is very unfortunate what happened, there's no need for name calling....Strupessssssss!!!!!
      • VG Resident TOO! (28/04/2017, 22:49) Like (26) Dislike (9) Reply
        I am assuming that you are referring to me...I BORN BRED FED EDUCATED HERE. I OWN BUSINESSES HERE. I HAVE PERMANENT RESIDENCY IN THE US, educated there and worked there too... HIGHLY TRAINED, CERTIFIED AND QUALIFIED..I CHOSE to come back home and help develop MY COUNTRY. My statements was a direct response to the DEROGATORY term used by the person referring to the POLICE OFFICERS that serve and protect ALL of us..the majority of whom just happens to be from another country...Ever wonder Why is the majority of the police force made up of expats? BECAUSE THE BVISLANDERS DON'T WANT TO BE POLICE! Obviously the TRUTH is an offence to you and others. I NEVER said ALL persons born in the BVI fit this "categorization"/definition...but since you responding them it must have really touched a personal note with you.
        • virgin gorda resident (29/04/2017, 12:36) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
          So you're mad... Don't blow a gasket....Everybody is entitled to their opinion....You stated yours, I stated mine...Get over yourself....
          • facts too (30/04/2017, 23:43) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
            And why did your family move here again? gone are the days of indigenous VI'lander your mother aint from here so go back to your island
            did you know most comments that say go back home is island people children indigenous VIlander dont otter these crap
            BACK TO SCHOOL
            An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets, skerries, cays or keys. An island in a river or a lake island may be called an eyot or ait, and a small island off the coast may be called a holm.
      • y (03/05/2017, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Virgin Gordian born and raised, living abroad STFU BEFORE TRUMP LOOK TO REVOKE YOUR FKN VISA! OR ''FAKE CITIZENSHIP''
    • Also from VG!!! (28/04/2017, 19:42) Like (24) Dislike (18) Reply
      The persons comment was ignorant. But you stooped to a deeper level of hate. Let me suggest if you don't want to be around the small minded high and mighty bvi people then LEAVE!!! It's that simple. Why punish yourself? If I hated a country so much why would I want to live there when I can leave to a bigger and better utopia? What is it about the bvi that keeps so many rooted here while hating everything about it? I don't get it.
    • BVIslander (29/04/2017, 13:02) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
      Wha you doing here? GO BACK HOME
  • soo (28/04/2017, 17:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Senseless situation
  • mi (28/04/2017, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So true
  • VG (28/04/2017, 18:58) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    the police needs to be held accountable also
  • Liat 521 (28/04/2017, 19:32) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    herd he also over stay in the BVI
  • Well well... (28/04/2017, 20:17) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    The police need to CUFF HAND an FEET..
    just saying.... This ain't the first time it happen on VG...
    Take off the foot cuff when goin on the boat.... An take off the handcuffs after seated on the boat.... Again... Just saying...
  • VG1 (28/04/2017, 20:46) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Theses criminals should not be riding on the passenger ferry. The police boat should be used for the transfer of such persons. on another note...don't think this guy ain't have speed.... he should have tried out for the Olympics.
  • VG Resident TOO! (28/04/2017, 23:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Also from VG... your comment only solidifies my previous statements.
    1. Point out/explain to me what YOU perceived to be HATE in my comment.
    2. I, unlike YOU and the other persons posting as VG Residents that seem rather uncomfortable with my comments, made suggestion to address the concerns of the initial contributor (guess you didn't see any of those).
    3. My comments were not aimed at BVIslanders..I was in response to the person posting under the Nickname VG RESIDENT...directed toward the person who FIT THE DESCRIPTION/CATEGORIZATION...If you are one such..then YES I am referring to you..if you are none such..then why are we having this discussion? ...Unless your emotions didn't allow you to completely grasp it?
    4. I LOVE THE BVI! Where did YOU READ that I hate the BVI...I used to word HATE to describe/express the cause & effect of the very real and ever present PREJUDICE that exists against PERSONS ORIGINALLY FROM ANOTHER CARIBBEAN COUNTRY RESIDING HERE IN THE BVI. This is NOT something I making up or ranting about. I grew up here and witnessed this...and it is still alive today!
    Injustice anywhere is INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE! ALL OF US ARE HUMAN. All of us are of AFRICAN DESCENT...same slave trade that brought us here to the CARIBBEAN from AFRICA.
  • YES SIR (28/04/2017, 23:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Couldn't agree with VG1 more about the police boat being used to transport prisoners. That should be a no-brainer.
    Also hope someone could inform this fellow about another escapee they used to call batman. With all the guns around he better be careful he don't get a cap in his a---.
  • VG Resident TOO! (28/04/2017, 23:40) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    To my Fellow BVISLANDERS, Please know that I was NOT referring to ALL BVISLANDERS. My comments were in direct response to the COMMENTS contributed by the person posting as VG RESIDENT...AND ANYONE elsewho thinks, feels negatively of "outsiders". My statements may indeed offend those who are small minded and fit the bill and I am ok with that.
    The discord, hatred and disrespect being promoted by persons who for some reason dislike ALL OUTSIDERS will NEVER sit well with me and I WILL RESPOND ACCORDINGLY AND WITH PASSION. Not against any person in particular but to the idealogy/mindset that they are less and we are more...WE ARE ALL EQUAL IN THE EYES OF GOD!
    To ALL the "OUTSIDERS" living and working here in the BVI please know that not all of us are SMALL MINDED and SCARED. Not all of us are threatened by your presence, as a matter of fact many of us if not most, truly welcome and appreciate you. You have worked just as hard, if not harder and many times for far less than others, to help build this country. Many will argue and say that ya'll came here for the money, but I say opportunities were presented and you guys left the comfort,security and familiarity or your homes, families, children etc to venture here in pursuit of a "better life". Not that life wasn't good where you came from. For those of you who over the years have been part of the development of the country, I Thank you, my children thank you and their children as well.
    To the "Outsiders" who are civil servant, especially members of the RVIPF, HMP, BVIFRS (municipal and aviation). Thank you for your service. Thank you for serving and protecting us. You go out into harms way to ensure that we are safe. THANK YOU! We take these things for granted until something happens (like this). The BVI would not be able to do it without your contributions. Though many may offer disparaging comments, I offer my gratitude on behalf of all the DESCENT, OPEN MINDED, KIND-HEARTED, LOVING people of the BVI. Stand firm!

    LET'S ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THE BVI BETTER!
  • skn (28/04/2017, 23:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welcome back, Grand Old Punishment !
  • Observer (29/04/2017, 04:58) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply

    Sh** started happening about 5/6 years ago . We were blaming ppl from usvi but the TRUTH raised its head and showed us a lot was being done by males with St Kitts roots . A suggestion was made some time ago " NO MALE " between the ages of 15/40 should be allowed in BVI as there is a SERIOUS "GANG" war going on in that twinnisland nation . A lot of guys are here hiding and they are encouraging others ; but our LEADERS will continue to Tax us to death rather prorect us . A SET O GREEDY SLEEPERS running this Country meson

  • To Think of it (29/04/2017, 08:44) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gang wars are all over not SKN alone. But where has the greatest influence come from? We must also think of that. Many of our youngsters travel abroad to various countries and bring back with them the ways of life positive or negative may it be and this can create a difference in our cultures.What happen sometimes is that many achieve financial boost in various ways,whether thru a genuine job, scamming,drugs,theft,etc and the gains they use to rent or buy cars, cars the fanciful or most luxiourious or expensive one, state of the art ones,partying,buying houses if possible and are very boostful in their deportment,especially when some return to their respective countries. father lord help our youths to think wisely in all that they do and to remember to seek your face now that you can be found.Help us all Lord.
  • call ayo 4 wha? (29/04/2017, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo had he and he geh away
  • fish (29/04/2017, 19:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The police need to stop carrying prisoners on our local ferry send the police boat for them y wait until one of these man hijack one of these boats or kill someone on these boats tryin to get away.
  • Mouse (29/04/2017, 23:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    you now I does come late pun the seen don't worry don't worry but all the blog some body have to go before some one come u cant keep a good man down,,,,,
  • fish (29/04/2017, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Police aint self patroling the streets lookin for this man
  • de silent one (30/04/2017, 13:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's so unfortunate that this have to happen, but it only shows the already known lasp in the manner of how the police handle certain situation. Its time for them to transport criminals/prisoners on the police boat as suppose to the ferry.
  • SKB (01/05/2017, 11:25) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why do people find so much time to be prejudiced. I lived in the BVI for almost 15 years and I moved back home. Black people are the most prejudiced people in the world. When are we going to realize that bringing each other down never solve problems, we only have so much police officers to so many criminals, and they still have to protect the public. A man escaped, that's the fact, so either help the police or if you have nothing good to say, say nothing. All of us are from an Island or a country. We need to thank God for our existence here on Earth. The Bible said that the heart of man is desperately wicked who can know it. Peace and love people. Things is bad enough as it is, please don't add fuel to fire.
  • wize up (02/05/2017, 11:32) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just wanted a little bit!!!!!
  • Well well... (02/05/2017, 12:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes... Glad u did the right thing..
    Just have to go an face the music...
  • Guarantee (02/05/2017, 15:22) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I guarantee if that had a cash reward for assisting the police (like other countries), a lot of crimes would be solved already. People will even inform on their own for the cash reward.
  • Yes they can (02/05/2017, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Prisoners can ride the ferry but hands and feet should be in cuffs. I was on a flight from one City to another and there was a prisoner being escorted by two marshalls. The prisoner hands and feet was in cuffs.
  • bvi (03/05/2017, 06:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He give up himself haha .. the man was right vg all the time liming all over the weekend you don't think the police had know about it ... am man call them and told they see him in a house and they never show up.. you all think about this thing carefully.. three of the head police on vg is fr Sk hmmm. and a other thing this man was on the island all the time work all over the place and don't have a WP .. and you want to tell me that immigration did not know about it.. oh he was with a immigration office.. all of them doing a lot of bs and need investigating...
  • I am so pleased (03/05/2017, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yes you did the right thing perhaps this was a trial and error on the behalf of the prisoner and the officers. Anyway we all have a duty to perform here on earth and let us do so to the best of our ability asking God to assist us daily with such as whatever we do we can do it without Him. To Alonso turn it over to Jesus. Let it go and Let Jesus in.


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