Herlan Colindres, a street gang member implicated in 16 other killings, slipped out of the crumbling juvenile rehabilitation centre in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on Friday, said national police director of criminal investigations Napoleon Nazar.
Colindres and his 13-year-old bodyguard were arrested in July in relation to the killing of Michael Timothy Markey, a DEA agent who was shot to death on July 29 outside of Tegucigalpa.
It was Colindres’s second escape in less than four months - and the fifth in three years - from the same prison, where bricks can easily be chipped from the walls.
On August 7, he weakened the metal bars of his cell with a nail file and fled - five days after boasting to reporters: “I will escape to kill all of the journalists.” He was captured the same day while hitchhiking.
After that, the government built him a brick-walled cell with a private bathroom, watched by six guards. It was unclear how he broke out of that cell.