Inmate escapes Oahu Community Correctional Center

Published On: Aug 06 2014 02:17:03 AM HST   Updated On: Jun 16 2014 09:03:23 PM HST

Honolulu police and the Sheriff's Department continue to pursue 23 year-old Daniel Skelton who escaped from the O'ahu Community Correctional Center in the extreme early-morning hours Monday.

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Skelton is a probation violator who has a number of convictions for burglary and theft.  His bail was set at 20,000 dollars.   

It's is believed Skelton climbed through a bathroom air vent, made his way to the roof and somehow scaled a 15-foot fence to escape.

Because of overcrowding Skelton was held in a less secure annex section of the correctional center.  The OCCC is currently housing nearly double the number of inmates it was designed to hold.  The center was designed to hold 600 inmates but usually operates closer to 1200.

Skelton was being held in Annex 1, a part of the prison originally intended for work furlough, but now being pressed into use for more dangerous inmates. The security features are not the same as the main building.  The main building has concrete cells with secure locking systems while the annex has a wooden frame and less secure cells.

Daniel Skelton is 5 feet ten inches tall and 145 pounds.  If you spot Skelton you should consider him dangerous and contact 911 immediately.   


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