HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A massive manhunt is underway for suspected murderer, 29-year-old Teddy Q. Munet, who escaped from custody during transportation at Hawaii State Circuit Court on Wednesday morning.
**UPDATE at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday: Escaped murder suspect Teddy Munet was captured and arrested without incident in downtown Honolulu at approximately 7:20 p.m. Click here for more details on his capture.
Munet is described as being of Puerto Rican descent, 5'9'', 150 lbs. with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a black hooded-sweatshirt and black shorts. Munet has multiple tattoos, including a large skull on the left side of his neck.
According to State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha, there have been various sightings of Munet, but only one confirmed sighting at 11 a.m. on Reed Lane near Circuit Court, where Munet allegedly attempted to carjack a woman. The State Sheriff describes another sighting as "75 percent" confirmed. That report claims Munet was heading toward Diamond Head after the Reed Lane incident.
"This man should be considered dangerous. He may have access to a firearm or he may not but in any case -- consider him armed and dangerous and they should call 911 immediately not engage with him at all," said Sheriff Tsuha. "I would make a case for any of his friends or associates, if they're considering harboring him or helping him in anyway that they not do so."
Authorities won't disclose any search area specifics, but will confirm nearly two dozen Sheriff's Deputies, along with at least 40 officers from the Honolulu Police Department – including plain clothes officers – are involved.
Helicopter activity was spotted over the Punchbowl and Makiki areas. The Kewalo Basin area was also searched, but it appears authorities have concentrated their efforts on the Kaka'ako and Ala Moana areas. Several police on ATV's were seen combing through the Ala Moana Beach Park, while K9 teams and heavily armed tactical units were also dispatched to search the Kaka'ako Waterfront Park.
Authorities want anyone who believes they've spotted Munet to call 9-1-1. Anyone who knows where Munet may be heading or someone who may be helping him is asked to call Crimestoppers #955-8300 or *CRIME on your mobile phone.