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Authorities within the jap Caribbean are scouring waters within the area in hopes of discovering a lacking couple who have been aboard their catamaran when police say it was hijacked by three escaped prisoners from Grenada.

Police have mentioned that Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel are presumed useless. The seek for them started on February 21 after somebody found their catamaran deserted on the shores of St. Vincent and alerted authorities.

Police say the three prisoners escaped from a police station on February 18 and hijacked the catamaran a day later.

Authorities mentioned the prisoners then illegally entered the southwest coast of St. Vincent on February 19 and docked the boat. Two days later, the three males have been arrested alongside the island’s northwest coast.

Here’s what to know in regards to the case:

Why have been the couple focused?

It’s unclear why the escaped prisoners hijacked the couple’s catamaran, however it was moored at Grand Anse seashore, close to to the police station the place the three males escaped.

Police consider the boys hijacked the catamaran with the couple aboard after which allegedly threw them into the water whereas touring to St. Vincent, which is situated north of Grenada.

St. Vincent Grenada The yacht ‘Simplicity’ that officers say was hijacked by three escaped prisoners with two folks aboard

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They have famous that there have been indicators of violence aboard the catamaran.

Who are the escaped prisoners?

Police in Grenada have recognized the escaped prisoners as Trevon Robertson, a 19-year-old unemployed man; Abita Stanislaus, a 25-year-old farmer; and Ron Mitchell, a 30-year-old sailor.

All have been charged a few months in the past with one rely of theft with violence. Mitchell additionally was charged with one rely of rape, three counts of tried rape and two counts of indecent assault and inflicting hurt.

Grenada prisoner cut up Ron Mitchell, Trevon Robertson, and Atiba Stanislaus

(RSVG Police Force)

Vannie Curwen, Grenada’s assistant police commissioner, has mentioned the boys had been positioned in a holding cell fairly than in jail as a result of a decide had not but dominated whether or not they could be launched on bail.

Who are the couple?

The Salty Dawg Sailing Association has described Brandel and Hendry as veteran cruisers and long-time members who have been “warm-hearted and capable.” It famous that Brandel served on the affiliation’s board for 2 years.

The affiliation mentioned the couple had sailed their boat within the 2023 Caribbean Rally from Hampton, Virginia to Antigua and deliberate to spend the winter cruising the jap Caribbean. A GoFundMe donation web page said that Brandel had change into a first-time grandmother.

Family members of the couple haven’t returned calls and messages for remark.

Have the escaped prisoners been charged?

Police in Grenada and St. Vincent have supplied restricted details about the case of the lacking couple, noting that the investigation is ongoing, although they’ve mentioned the couple is presumed useless.

Authorities haven’t but shared any particular proof linking the three males to the couple’s disappearance. St. Vincent police say the boys have been cooperating within the investigation.

The males pleaded responsible this week to immigration-related costs, and are scheduled to be sentenced on these counts in early March.

Investigators from Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines stand aboard the yacht ‘Simplicity’

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Authorities haven’t mentioned whether or not prosecutors in St. Vincent or Grenada would pursue the case involving the couple.

Grenada Police Commissioner Don McKenzie mentioned the legal professional generals and prosecutors on each islands “are in discussions.”

Meanwhile, Grenada police despatched a workforce of 5 officers to assist with the investigation in close by St. Vincent.

What subsequent?

Police in Grenada have launched an investigation into how the boys have been in a position to escape from their holding cell.

McKenzie has mentioned the police station ought to have been safe sufficient to stop such an escape, and that authorities are trying into whether or not it was a “system failure” or a “slip up.”

McKenzie has mentioned no officers have resigned or been disciplined, though one supervisor on the station has been transferred to a different location “to ensure a thorough investigation in this matter.”