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Police Searching for Escaped O‘ahu Inmate

May 15, 2022, 6:30 AM HST
* Updated May 14, 9:14 PM
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State Sheriffs and Honolulu Police are searching for one inmate who escaped from the Waiawa Correctional Facility Saturday evening on O‘ahu.

Preliminary reports indicate 44-year old Manuel Kuailani and 41-year-old Desmond Puu escaped by scaling a barbed wire fence. It happened at approximately 5:15 p.m. Staff ordered a facility lockdown, searched the surrounding area and immediately called Honolulu Police and Sheriffs. Inmate Puu voluntarily returned to the facility about 30 minutes later but inmate Kuailani is still missing.

Manuel Kuailani is 5’8”, weighs 160 lbs. and has brown hair and brown eyes. He is serving time for Burglary 1. His next parole hearing was scheduled for October of this year. He faces an escape charge when found.

Anyone who sees Kuailani is urged to call 911 or Sheriffs Dispatch at 808-586-1352.

Waiawa Correctional Facility is a minimum security, work-camp style facility with dorms for sentenced males. Inmates participate in education or substance abuse treatment programs as they prepare to transition into the furlough program.

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