A murder suspect, headed to court, made a bold escape early Wednesday morning. Then Teddy Munet evaded the law for nearly 12 hours before he was captured.
Munet's half day on the run raised questions of courthouse safety procedures and also raised the concern of residents who live nearby.
Wednesday evening, many out and about around Ala Moana and Kakaako tried to enjoy themselves while also being wary over the escape of Teddy Munet.
"We're looking around to make sure there are not crazy people running around," said Honolulu resident Joshua Tom.
Munet had been on the loose since just before 8 a.m. He went to court for a hearing in his murder trial, accused of the execution-style killing of an Kaneohe man last year.
"It is kind of scary to be out tonight, because Munet is dangerous," said Honolulu resident Carol Lee.
Munet went to court wearing handcuffs and a belly chain, but escaped from a loading zone and from corrections officers who were in charge of prisoners.
"There were eight correctional officers and one of them saw him running. He gave chase but was not able to catch up to Munet," said Public Safety Director Ted Sakai.
There had been several possible sightings of Munet throughout the day, but residents around Ala Moana were still shocked when the escapee showed up in their neighborhood after the sun went down.
"I heard the news earlier and I thought they had already caught him or he was long gone. I wouldn't have thought he was around here because we heard he was around the Kakaako area. We didn't assume he was close to this area," said Honolulu resident Chaisson Goo.