Convicts faked a health problem and managed to escape from prisons


The most recent case is from Jorge Gabriel Báez Abreu

Quirinito allegedly had a cancer in the tongue

Jorge Gabriel Báez and Pedro Alejandro Castillo Paniagua “Quirinito”

Pretending a health problem has become a good bait used by inmates in the country’s prisons to escape the prison, as Jorge Gabriel Báez Abreu recently did, who escaped from a clinic in Nagua as if it were an action movie.

Báez Abreu’s case occurred last week and since then the authorities have begun a search to find the whereabouts of the man who had been sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2015 for an attempted murder of two men in Puerto Plata.

According to the authorities ‘ information, the man had pretended to be ill, and when he was taken to the medical Center, several armed men were introduced to the place in a yipeta, managing to strip their weapons to the custody of the condemned, and then escaped in Middle of a shootout.

A few days later the Public Prosecutor’s Office submitted four people to justice, including a national police corporal and two army corporals. These were allegedly involved in the network for the escape of Báez Abreu.


Another case in which a medical diagnosis was used to carry out one of the most controversial leaks occurred in the country, was that of Pedro Alejandro Castillo Paniagua, better known as “Quirinito”.

The scandal erupted in September of last year, and since then the question of where is Quirinito has become a mystery. Undoubtedly, he is one of the fugitives best known to the Dominican population.

The plot that led to his escape envelops the diagnosis of cancer in the tongue, later he had been declared dead, until the authorities discovered that he was only working on a hoax for the escape of the sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Spanish Adolfo Justo Cervantes Arellano in San Cristóbal, on drug trafficking issues.

Escaped in La Vega

In July 2014, an inmate named Anthony Mena Gutiérrez, sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder, had pretended to have serious stomach problems, as reported by the police at the time. Then, when he was taken to receive medical attention at the Luis Manuel Morillo King Hospital in that city, he broke the window of a bathroom and fled.

For the case, at that time, the military Wander Sánchez Lebrón, who was in charge of custody of the prisoner, was detained for investigation. In the archives of the press, his arrest has not been documented.

In Barahona

In November 2010 there was the escape, in Barahona, of an inmate who was taken to the Regional University Hospital Jaime Mota where he would perform a dental consultation. Carlos Suero Mejía took the opportunity and together with another inmate, asked a police officer (Boris Enrique Lopez Espinosa) to take him to the bathroom of the medical center, and once there tried to hang the custody. He was stripped of his weapon of regulation, shot and then fled, according to the information of the National Police.

On the outskirts of the center was a shootout and Carlos Suero Mejía, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbery, managed to escape with the custody weapon that took him to the bathroom.

The other inmate who tried to escape, Ramón Medrano Pérez, was finalized from several shots.

A practice of sentenced

Of the cases documented in press clippings, it can be deduced that most of these leaks have been inmates convicted of homicides and drug-related matters. In the case of Quirinito, both offences are conjugated. The authorities have implemented measures to avoid these events, but in some cases the complicity of agents appears.


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