A few details surrounding how two inmates managed to escape the Department of Corrections Mangilao facility have been disclosed in a magistrate’s complaint against the two men.
It was on Wednesday evening at around 9:10 p.m. that Johnnie Del Rosario and Johnny Atalig made their escape from the compound’s half-way house or POST 9.
According to the magistrate complaint, DOC correctional officers discovered the two men missing after conducting a headcount. The two men reportedly got into a brown pickup truck and fled on Mai Mai road towards the Chalan Pago area. The driver of the truck was not disclosed.
The complaint reads, “Both individuals were identified as being ‘trustees’ that were housed at the halfway house, giving them privileges to include not being housed in a cell most of the day and having the ability to walk around while wearing civilian clothing. The two were later apprehended outside of the Department of Corrections.”
While it is not disclosed how they managed to escape, we do know where they went after escaping the prison. The complaint states that the two men went to Del Rosario’s girlfriend’s home. It was there that the men decided to give themselves up and called Warden Allan Borja to self-surrender.
After nearly 12 hours of being wanted fugitives, they were picked up by DOC officers and arrested. The two men appeared in court this afternoon to be formally charged with felony escape as a third-degree felony.
The halfway house at DOC is where inmates who are nearing the end of their incarceration are housed as they are prepared for re-integration back into society. But with their attempted escape both men have been assigned to POST 6, the maximum security unit.
In addition, their status as “trustees” is revoked and according to Guam law, if found guilty of escape, they will not be able to participate in work or educational programs for at least five years. They are facing up to five years of additional incarceration.