Sheriffs on Marshals task force catch OCCC escapee near Nuuanu Chevron

Published On: Jun 18 2014 05:30:00 PM HST

Sheriffs on the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force caught Oahu Community Correctional Center escapee Daniel Skelton near the Nuuanu Chevron Wednesday afternoon, according to the Hawaii Department of Public Safety.

The capture happened at around 4:05 p.m.

A tip from a Safeway customer led authorities to search the area for Skelton.

Click here to see a surveillance photo of Skelton at Nuuanu Safeway  Wednesday.

The capture went without incident.  About 30 personnel with the task force alone were out looking for Skelton in the Nuuanu area near School Street Wednesday morning.

"I came outside.  I said, 'What are you doing?'" said witness Kayla Keehu.  "[Skelton] turned away and he said, 'Can I use your bathroom?'  And I said, 'No, you need to leave.'  So, he just jumped off onto that ledge, onto the other one and onto the ground and back behind my neighbor's house."

Skelton cut and dyed his hair orange as well as painting his face.  But, that wasn't enough to elude the authorities.

"Starting [Wednesday] morning we had quite a few resources out there.  If you're looking at us, the Honolulu Police Department had an incredible amount of people, resources in that area.  The Marshals Task Force, which works with the Sheriffs Division, and our members that are part of the task force itself," said Lt. Koa Dobrowolsky of the State Sheriff Special Operations.

Sheriffs say the arrest went down without incident.

"Once our first vehicle with the deputy marshal went up there, he got out with his partner and they heard a homeowner yelling," said Dobrowolsky.  "The homeowner was yelling, 'Get out of my house!  What are you doing here?  Get out of here!  Get out!'  That was the house the escapee was hiding in."

Sheriffs say Skelton painted his face most likely to camouflage himself in the shadows of a laundry room he was hiding in.

Click here to see Skelton's mug shot after he was arrested.

Skelton will be booked on first-degree escape charges.  Skelton is described as a career criminal by the Department of Public Safety.

Sheriffs will also be pursuing leads to search for Alan Abihai, the work furlough inmate who didn't return to OCCC after work last week.

If you have any information on Abihai call 911 or Sheriff Dispatch at 586-1352.

Skelton escaped from OCCC on Monday.  Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says it appears Skelton punched a hole through a shower area to get into the ceiling and onto the jail's roof.  She says he jumped down and got out through a "weak spot" in the fence.


- First look at OCCC escapee

- Kenny Choi's live report at 5 p.m.

- Tip leads to arrest of OCCC escapee

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Timeline: Daniel Skelton's escape & capture

Click here for a timeline of the Skelton escape.


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