Police: Escaped prisoners armed and dangerous

A manhunt is underway in Tonga for two escaped prisoners who authorities describe as extremely dangerous.

The fugitives escaped from the Central Police Custody at approximately 05:30 this morning, Tuesday 31 January, 2017.

“The two escaped prisoners are armed and dangerous. Do not approach them,” warned Deputy Commissioner Pelenatita Feʻao Vaisuai.

The escaped prisoners are Viliami Kupu, and Amoni Fifita aged in their 20s.

Both were last seen at approximately 3:00pm today at Kolovai, where they robbed a shop owner at gun-point. Kupu was wearing a black t-shirt with a black short, and Fifita was wearing a white sleeveless t-shirt, greenish shorts and a blue cap.

Kupu has been in custody for grievous bodily harm charges and Fifita for robbery/theft charges.

“Kupu and Fifita are considered dangerous and for this reason the Tactical Response Group was deployed.”

If anyone has any information on their whereabouts, they can contact their local Police station.

If you see them, please do not approach and call 922 immediately.

We remind anyone who may be helping Kupu and Fifita that assisting a prisoner to evade Police is a crime and you may become the subject of Police attention. If we find evidence of this occurring you could be charged with a criminal offence.

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