Calvo Slams Guam DOC For Suspected Murderer’s Escape

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Garrido used staple to free himself from handcuffs: governor

By Cameron Miculka

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Nov. 8, 2013) – Guam’s Department of Corrections (DOC) failed the community when a detainee escaped Monday and allegedly harmed a woman, according to the governor, who said someone will be held responsible for the mistake.

In a column published in today's Pacific Daily News, Gov. Eddie Calvo said the detainee apparently used a staple to remove his handcuffs.

Keith Garrido, who faces murder charges for the December 2012 beating death of Barrigada resident Nancy Mafnas, allegedly escaped from custody for more than an hour Monday by jumping out of a Department of Corrections van at a traffic light in Chalan Pago.

He was being brought to a court hearing, and corrections officials on Wednesday said they're not certain his cuffs were fully locked.

The van was packed with detainees, so both corrections officers rode in front, instead of one riding in the rear.

DOC Director Jose San Agustin said "one very simple action" by corrections officers would have prevented the escape.

Garrido allegedly assaulted and robbed a woman in her home while on the loose and faces additional charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping and robbery.

Lawmakers also have scheduled an oversight hearing for the Department of Corrections, from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Guam Legislature's public hearing room.

Calvo, in today's column, also noted the lack of safety locks in the van, which could have prevented passengers from opening the van's rear door from the outside.

"All of these mistakes landed a woman in the hospital with a nightmare that will always haunt her," wrote the governor. "All of these failures have undone all the confidence our people have in DOC."

Calvo said Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio is responsible for ensuring there is a thorough investigation. Tenorio has ordered the island's public safety agencies to re-evaluate all standard operating procedures.

The governor added that criminal charges and adverse personnel action could be taken against any employees found liable for the escape.

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