Escaped Grenada Fugitives Admit Crimes, Face Deportation After Yacht Hijacking

Three fugitives who had escaped from a Grenada jail, where they were initially detained on charges of rape, robbery, and violence, will be sent back to their home country. The trio, identified as Atiba Stanislaus (23), Trevon Robertson (25), and Ron Mitchell (30), were implicated in the suspected killing of two Americans, Ralph Hendry (66) and Kathy Brandel (71), earlier this month in St. Vincent.

Atiba Stanislaus, left, and Trevon Robertson

The escape occurred on February 18 when the individuals allegedly hijacked a yacht while fleeing the Grenada prison. The Americans, Hendry and Brandel, lost their lives during the ordeal. The fugitives were apprehended by St. Vincent and the Grenadines police on February 21 and subsequently admitted guilt to four charges related to immigration offenses.

On Monday, Senior Magistrate Colin John issued a deportation order, mandated the return of the men to Grenada. The Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force released a statement confirming the removal order and stated that the individuals would be detained until the necessary arrangements for their repatriation were completed.

Reports suggest that the three men seized the American yacht at Grand Anne’s Beach in Grenada, located approximately six miles south of the capital, St. George’s. It is alleged that during the voyage to St. Vincent, the fugitives engaged in various criminal activities, including bodily harm inflicted upon the abducted American couple, as disclosed by Junior Simmons, the spokesperson for the Royal Saint Vincent and Grenadines Police Force.