Escapee Chong Nee still on the run after eight weeks
Prison escapee Pati Chong Nee is still on the run from the authorities, eight weeks after dashing for freedom at the Tafaigata Prison.
Samoa Police Service and the Ministry of Prison and Correction Services are yet to provide updates on their progress in tracking down the convicted criminal. Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil, last gave an update to the media over a fortnight ago, following the arrest of Chong Nee's accomplice Aniseko Vaelei.
Vaelei was captured with the assistance of the public, who tipped off the Police when he walked into a group of men working at a building construction site. The escapee had $10,000 cash in a bag when he was recaptured.
Chong Nee was last seen last month on CCTV footage belonging to a Moamoa shop, which he and Vaelei broke into and robbed. They are also believed to be the suspects behind the robbery of personal effects from the family of a University of South Pacific (USP) lecturer.
Chong Nee is a 25-year-old from the villages of Aleisa and Vaitele Fou and was serving time for theft and burglary.
Members of the public have been urged to contact any nearby Police stations or the prisons main headquarters and the Ola Toe Fuataina at Tafaigata with the contact numbers: 23516, 22208 and 21008, concerning any information relating to the escaped prisoner due to the severity of crimes they were charged with.
Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get the latest updates from the Ministry of Prison and Correction Services and Police were unsuccessful.