TAWAU: Sabah authorities have launched a massive manhunt for a convicted child rapist who escaped from a prison here after scaling its perimeter wall.
The operation to hunt down Indonesian Anas Omar (pic), 27, included putting up road blocks at major routes in the city and keeping a close watch at the ferry jetty here.
However, as of yesterday evening, attempts to locate the fugitive have been unsuccessful.
It is believed that Anas could have climbed over the prison’s perimeter wall, which was at least 3m high, between 7am and 10am yesterday.
Tawau deputy police chief Supt Imran Abdul Rahman said prison wardens only realised Anas had gone missing after they carried out a roll call at about 10am.
He said the police immediately embarked on a search for Anas amid fears that he might be trying to cross into his home country.
The operation is expected to continue into the night.
Imran urged the public not to panic but to inform the police if they came across any suspicious character within their neighbourhood.
He also cautioned them against harbouring any fugitive as this was a serious crime.
Imran said they could also call the police hotline at 089-772 121 with information on Anas’ wheareabouts.
Tawau prison director Ajidin Salleh has declined comment.
Anas was jailed earlier this year for the rape of a child but it was not immediately known what his jail sentence was.
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