Days of planning, a hand signal from the courtroom gallery and a cough into a cellphone facilitated the escape of murder suspect Dayonte Resiles, according to Broward County Sheriff’s deputies who arrested four alleged accomplices.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel announced Sunday that LaQuay Stern, 18, Winston Russell Jr., 22, and twins Kreton and Trevon Barnes, 17, were in custody and charged with aiding Resiles when he somehow freed himself from handcuffs and shackles bolted from a fourth-floor courtroom, disappearing in broad daylight Friday morning.
Resiles remains at large. Authorities said he is armed and dangerous.
Speaking to reporters Sunday, Israel said anyone helping Resiles will be charged with aiding and abetting in murder.
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“The fact that Resiles remains at-large today, tells me there are more people aiding and abetting him and his escape,” he said.
Authorities used surveillance video from the courthouse, inmate phone calls, and visitation logs from jail to identify potential accomplices. The investigation led them to Stern, Resiles’ girlfriend, and Russell.
According to arrest reports for the four in custody, Resiles’ escape was coordinated through phones calls and jail visitations with Stern and Russell.
Stern picked up Russell Friday morning in her silver BMW and they stopped by a residence in Deerfield Beach to pick up two bags — one with a regular change of clothes and another with a generic police uniform, complete with boots, a vest and a gun belt. The pair then picked up the Barnes brothers, who are identical twins, from West Palm Beach to assist with the escape.
The Barnes brothers sat in the gallery of the courtroom where Resiles was to attend a hearing on whether the death penalty would be considered if he were to be convicted of the stabbing death of Jill Su, a Davie woman stabbed to death in her home in 2014. They asked the bailiff if Resiles was scheduled to appear, which the bailiff confirmed.
Courtroom personnel said that before the hearing began, Kreton Barnes gave some type of hand signal. That’s when Resiles bailed.
Downstairs outside, just south of New River Canal, Stern and Russell sat in the BMW and listened to a cellphone with the Barnes’ on the line, BSO said. The brothers coughed into the phone to let them know Resiles was on his way.
According to BSO, Resiles raced down the stairs, burst out of the stairwell into daylight and hopped into the car. With Russell driving, the three took off and dropped off Resiles at a location that has not been disclosed by the sheriff’s office.
Russell and Stern met up later in Deerfield Beach, where they were arrested. Resiles has not been captured.
Crimestoppers announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to Resiles’ capture. Lauren Book, an advocate for sexual abuse victims, and her lobbyist father Ron Book are offering an additional $10,000 reward.