Accused KillerJoran van der Sloot,, Stabs Prison Guard in Escape Attempt

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Natalie Holloway murder suspect, Joran van der Sloot, has been ominously quiet for quite a while.  That’s not surprising since he’s been languishing in Peru’s Miguel Castro Castro prison since June awaiting the completion of the investigation of Stephany Flores’s murder.  On January 15th however, Van der Sloot suddenly decided to lunge back into the headlines by stabbing a guard and then attempting to hold him hostage in a crazy, and therefore unsuccessful attempt to break out of prison.

According to the National Enquirer, Van der Sloot suddenly “freaked out” when guard, Luis Gavancho, brought a tray of food into his cell.  Joran threw the tray against the wall, and when Gavancho tried to subdue him, he stabbed the prison guard in the face with a homemade “shiv.”  When other guards arrived on the scene, they found Joran holding the bloody Gavancho in a choke hold while “wielding the knife in his free hand.”  Needless to say, Joran was overpowered and his escape attempt foiled.

And what on earth could have prompted the accused murderer to think he could fight his way out of the infamous Peruvian prison with a bleeding hostage and a homemade shiv?  Cocaine, of course.  Or as one source explained:

“In his drugged state, he probably imagined he could hold the guard hostage and maybe escape.”   Right. 

Latin American prisons bear notorious reputations for alleged substandard conditions and even human rights violations.  If daily life for Miguel Castro prison’s regular inmates is pure hell, imagine how horrific it must be for those who have been consigned to the “hole” for punishment.  Like Joran van der Sloot. 

And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

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