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Police Officer, Prisoner, Quarantined in Gbarpolu
By Emmanuel Mondaye, LINA Gbarpolu County Correspondent
BOPOLU, October 16 (LINA) -An officer of the Gbarpolu County detachment of the Liberia National Police and a prisoner identified as Prince King have been quarantined in the county.
The police patrolman was quarantined at the Chief Jallah Lone Hospital, while the prisoner is under observation at the LNP Barracks in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu County.
Gbarpolu County Police Commander Adolphus Cole told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Tuesday that the police officer was quarantined because he processed Ebola suspect King at the police station, while King was quarantined because he vomited in one of the prison cells.
He said the situation prompted several officers who were on shift at the police station to flee for fear that they could contract the Ebola virus. Inspector Cole said minutes after the incident, he alerted the County Ebola Task Force, which dispatched a team to the police station and sprayed the building.
Commander Cole disclosed that suspect King was being held at the police station based upon the request of the Bopolu City Magisterial Court.
According to court record, the suspect on April 20, 2014 burglarized the Bambu Town Clinic and stole several items, including cartons of maternal kits, dressing sets, rain boots, testing machine, medical light, lab equipment and boxes of ORS.
King is also reported to have broken into the Bopolu Lott Carey Mission School on the night of April 20, making away with eight gallons of vegetable oil. The cost of all of the stolen items was put at US$4, 570.
Inspector Cole said the suspect was temporally released on bail but later went into hiding, thereby compelling the court to order his re-arrest to stand trial for theft of property.