Fort Lauderdale

‘I Was Shocked': Broward Courthouse Escapee's Cellmate

For three weeks, escaped accused killer Dayonte Resiles shared a cell with Naquille Harvey, but - Harvey tells NBC 6 Investigators - Resiles never shared his secret: that he was going to escape from a courtroom Friday morning.

Harvey, who was awaiting trials on criminal mischief and domestic violence charges, said Friday morning was like any other in Unit 7-C maximum custody.

"He was normal, it was normal. Woke up, brushed his teeth, took a shower, got ready for court," said Harvey, who bonded out Saturday and was interviewed at his family home Monday morning. "I told him good luck, keep your head up in court."

Then the inmates noticed helicopters flying above the jail-courthouse complex in downtown Fort Lauderdale and, before long, Harvey was being called to an interview with investigators, where he learned of Resiles' escape.

"I was shocked," he said, "because I didn't think he was capable of something like that."

Broward sheriff's deputies say Resiles had a handcuff key when he was in court, where he removed his shackles and bolted into the public hallway, down a stairwell and out a door where his getaway car awaited.

Harvey, 21, said he had no idea how Resiles could get a handcuff key.

"We were in max custody. You can't do nothing in max custody...Only thing you get access to is what the staff gives you, your food and phone privileges," he said.

Harvey said he did not know - and Resiles never spoke of - the four people now charged with aiding his escape.

"I don't know anything, his whereabouts, his past, nothing. I was just his roommate. We'd chop it up," he said, using slang for having conversations. "We'd talk about burglaries, the women...just what young folks do."

He said Resiles was a voracious reader, paying special attention to the book "The 48 Laws of Power," described in reviews as "amoral, cunning, ruthless," teaching its readers that "deceit and manipulation are life's paramount tools."

The book, which is popular in prisons, advises readers to "conceal your intentions," "never put too much trust in friends" and "pose as a friend, work as a spy."

"He was not necessarily friendly, but he was a good guy to be with, to hang with, to chop it up with," said Harvey. "I mean, his IQ must be out there. I was shocked. I was shocked."

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