AP Exclusive: Imprisoned supercop's escape from Venezuela
June 26, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the last rays of sunlight faded into the Caribbean Sea, political fugitive Iván Simonovis was speeding toward an island rendezvous with freedom.
Three weeks earlier he had fled house arrest in the Venezuelan capital, rappelling down a 75-foot (25-meter) wall in the dead of night, then took a bolt cutter to his ankle monitor. Since then he had been furtively moving between safe houses to stay one step ahead of Nicolas Maduro's security forces.
It was a meticulous plan befitting his reputation as Venezuela's most famous SWAT cop.
But then, with freedom almost in sight,...