Taoyuan Prison officials yesterday said they foiled a jailbreak attempt by a suspect.
According to a statement released by the prison, the man has been detained since May on charges related to a robbery case and has been awaiting trial.
“The detainee made an appointment to see a doctor at the prison’s medical ward yesterday morning, saying he was not feeling well. At about 11:53am, he climbed up the medical ward’s ceiling, broke the skylight panel and climbed up to the roof,” prison chief secretary Ko Shu-yu (柯書宇) said.
Security personnel were alerted. They called for support when the man reached the roof and started walking toward a guard tower, Ko said.
People passing by the prison, including a judge who was going to a meeting there, saw the man when he reached the tower’s outer wall, which is surrounded by barriers and barbed wire, and got stuck.
The suspect was bleeding due to cuts from the barbed wire, the prison statement said, adding that security personnel and local police arrived at the scene and surrounded the tower inside and outside the prison.
Prison officials talked to the man as he tried to jump off the wall, which is 5m high, Ko said.
They tried to dissuade the man from taking any action that might result in serious injury, Ko said.
The man later agreed and surrendered, and prison staff escorted him to the medical ward to treat his wounds, Ko said.
He was taken to a hospital in Taoyuan for further treatment and examination.
The prison will conduct an investigation to find out if the man had made plans to escape, Ko said.
It would reinforce the medical ward’s ceiling and skylight panels to prevent similar incidents, Ko added.
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