Man in court for probation revocation hearing escapes

Darius Punimanu
Darius Punimanu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State sheriffs say they are looking for a man who escaped from an interview room at Circuit Court in downtown Honolulu on Wednesday afternoon.

Department of Public Safety officials say the escape happened on the third floor of the Circuit Court building on Punchbowl Street, and that only one man, not two as was originally reported, found a way to escape an interview room.

The man who is at-large has been identified as Darius Punimanu, 21, who was in court for a probation revocation hearing.

The court building was evacuated at about 4 p.m. as sheriff's deputies conducted a sweep of the courthouse for the escapees. Officials say they found broken tile and a slipper in the interview room.

We will have more information when it becomes available.

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