Notorious prison escapee Lauititi Tualima has been found.
The criminal who ran away from Tafa’igata Prison last Sunday is now under Police custody.
This was confirmed by the spokesperson for the Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services (S.P.C.S), Sagaga Galu Frost, yesterday.
Tualima was found at a family home at Lalovaea around 7:40pm.
“I received a phone call last night (Tuesday night) from a reliable source informing me about Tualima,” said Sagaga.
Sagaga said when they arrived at Lalovaea, Tualima was drunk and he looked like he was sleeping.
“He just woke up when we arrived and I can see that he was drunk,” added Sagaga.
Sagaga thanked the Police officers and the informer and his family for their support in capturing Tualima.
“He is still with the police for their investigation.”
Tualima is one of the high-risk prisoners at Tafaigata and is locked in the pasimā.
Asked how he escaped from there, Sagaga blamed the guards.
“My only explanation is that the guards who were on duty were very careless,” said Sagaga.
“What I was told was that Tualima called out for help and so the guards went to his room and opened the door to see what is going on. That’s when Tualima managed to push them away and ran.
“So he faked his screaming for help but that was his way of escaping.”
Sagaga admitted that what happened does not reflect well on the Authority.