WAILUKU, Hawaii – Two inmates escaped from a Hawaii jail and over a razor wire-topped fence, prompting a manhunt across the island of Maui before one of them turned himself in and the other was arrested.
Troy Diego and Barret Paman escaped from the Maui Community Correctional Center Sunday at about 2:30 a.m., authorities said. That’s when staff members noticed a broken door in the back of a dorm building.
The facility went into a lockdown and staff members found clothing the razor wire at the top of a perimeter fence, authorities said.
Paman, awaiting trial for burglary, theft and firearms charges, turned himself in to Maui police Sunday afternoon.
Maui police arrested Diego Monday afternoon. Police didn’t immediately provide details about the arrest. He’s awaiting trial for theft and unauthorized entry into a vehicle.
Both men were being held under the lowest level of custody, said Toni Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety. They will face an added escape charge, she said.
The chain-link fence section they are believed to have climbed over is 16-feet (5 meters) high, including the double row of razor wire at the top, Schwartz said.
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino urged everyone to “stay calm but remain vigilant” during the island-wide manhunt.
The escapes come after a riot at the jail last month. The jail was designed to hold 301 inmates but had 410 at the time of the disturbance. State corrections officials say inmates were upset with extreme overcrowding.
This version corrects the time of the escape. Authorities believed they escaped at about 2:30 a.m.