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Police on the hunt for OCCC escapeeUPDATED 5:51 PM HST Jun 16, 2014Video Transcript
Community Correctional Center. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. We get straight to our top story tonight. KITV4's Pete Caggiano reports that the community surrounding the prison is on guard as officers pursue Daniel Skelton. That's right Paula, Daniel Skelton is a probation violator awaiting trial on two felony charges who decided to make a break for it early this morning. Ted Sakai director dept of public safety 03:35-03:46 "I WOULD CONSIDER HIM DANGEROUS BECAUSE HE WAS BEING HELD ON FELONY CHARGES IN ANNEX 1 AND HE WAS A PAROLE VIOLATOR SO HE HAS PREVIOUS FELONY CONVICTIONS" HPD and the sheriffs department express urgency at reeling back in this insert Mug shot 1 escapee, 23 year old Daniel Skelton. At 6 this morning Oahu Community Correctional Center discovered Skelton was missing from his assigned living unit. Frances Chung Concerned Citizen 08:03-08:08 "I'M CONCERNED FOR MY SAFETY AND ALSO FOR THE CHILDREN IT'S SUMMER BREAK AND THERE'S LOTS OF KIDS OUT HERE" People in the neighborhood surrounding the correctional center are also on high alert as HPD and the sheriffs department pursued all leads. mug Shot 2 Daniel is thought to have escaped in the early morning hours today. Ted Sakai director dept of public safety 02:07-02:14 "HE MAY HAVE PUNCHED A HOLE IN THE CEILING IN THE BATHROOM CLIMBED THROUGH THE CEILING ONTO THE ROOF GOT DOWN FROM THE ROOF" Pete Caggiano STAND UP 1.09-01:16 "BEHIND ME IS THE BUILDING THAT HOUSED DANIEL SKELTON HE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE SCALED THE FENCE AND THEN ESCAPED ON FOOT" The OCCC is currently housing almost double the number of inmates it was designed to hold. Daniel Skelton was being held in Annex 1... a part of the prison intended for work furlough... But now being pressed into use for more dangerous inmates.. So the security features aren't the same as the main building... Ted Sakai director dept of public safety 06:44-06:56 "IN THIS BUILDING WE'RE GOING TO HAVE CONCRETE CELLS LOCKING MECHANISMS AND IN ANNEX 1 IT'S A WOODEN BUILDING WITH TWO LARGE DORMITORIES" Not reassuring news to local residents and business patrons Frances Chung Concerned Citizen 08:48-08.53 "I'M GOING TO GO HOME AND LET MY FAMILY KNOW THERE IS SOMEONE IS ON THE LOSE AND TO BE CAREFUL" HPD and the sheriffs department continues to follow all leads. Skelton is 5 foot ten and approximately 145 pounds, anyone who suspects they may spotted Skelton is urged to contact 911 immediately.