Oahu escapee finally caught

Published On: Feb 20 2013 10:55:00 PM HST

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.

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After 7 p.m. along Waimanu Street police and sheriff's deputies captured Munet . A couple had recognized him and called 911.

After officers converged on the street and the suspect, David Schmidt saw the activity taking place 27 stories below his apartment.

"There were flashing lights everywhere. I would guess there were six-to-seven police cars and a number of officers, as well as a lineup of cars trying to get into the building," said Schmidt.

Munet was immediately taken to the police cellblock where he will face additional charges of escape and attempted carjacking. 

While Honolulu police officers investigate Munet's latest crime spree, public safety officials will investigate why the man accused of murder showed up to court in street clothes and without leg chains.


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