4 Mar 2005

Chinese inmate escapes in American Samoa

4:11 pm on 4 March 2005

Authorities in American Samoa are still searching for a Chinese fisherman who is believed to have escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility by leaving through the front gate.

The man was in custody on immigration related matters.

The Samoa News newspaper quotes authorities as saying the fence surrounding the facility was not cut or damaged in any way, and it is presumed that he simply walked out the gate during the inmates exercise hour.