2001News

Most-wanted fugitive caught by chance

Domingo Santos Polanco, suspected of being the leader of a group that kidnapped La Vega rice producer Miguel de Moya in July, was arrested Saturday evening in a home in Villa Mella, National District. Santos Polanco was also a fugitive from the San Francisco Jail where he was serving a 20-year sentence for having killed a married couple in north-eastern Cotuí. Interestingly, the arrest happened by chance. The police were looking for Roberto Contreras, an organizer of illegal boat trips to Puerto Rico. The house where Santos was arrested belongs to Cadena de Noticias journalist Marianela Taveras, the sister-in-law of Contreras. She was arrested along with Domingo Santos. According to the police she admitted to sheltering Santos as preparations advanced for his trip to Puerto Rico, as reported in the Listin Diario. Hoy newspaper explained Santos was in the DR after having escaped from the Petionville jail in Haiti, days before he would have been delivered to Dominican authorities. He had been arrested 17 August in Port au Prince in a joint operation of the Haitian and Dominican security forces. The Haitian and Dominican governments had reached an agreement for his extradition. Reportedly, the heavily armed Santos had crossed the border trying to escape arrest by Dominican authorities. Santos is also suspected of having committed over ten armed assaults in the Cibao region. Upon being arrested, Santos said he would be in jail for about 10 or 15 years but when he got out he would kill all the policemen and journalists in his way.