Guards noticed the hole around 2:00 a.m. and soon realised that 33 people had fled, deputy municipal police chief Rubel Vasquez said.Several of the escapees were people arrested on suspicion of offenses such as kidnapping, robbery and homicide, he said.

"It is truly quite a dangerous group," Vasquez said.

Police have recaptured five of the escapees and an investigation into the escape, Chacao Mayor Ramon Muchacho said.

"All the custodial personnel were placed at the disposition of the prosecutor's office and we immediately opened an investigation to  determine responsibility for the escape”, the mayor wrote on social networking site Twitter.

On November 26, 41 detainees left a jail in the central state of Miranda via a hole in the wall.


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