Escaped Prisoner: How Teddy Munet escaped

Murder suspect escapes custody at Circuit Court

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Teddy Munet made his getaway as corrections officers were unloading inmates from transport vans behind the Honolulu building to walk them into Circuit Court.

**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.

"One of the inmates bolted and ran and escaped," said Ted Sakai Public Safety Director.

Munet was being transported for a court appearance.  Authorities say he was part of a group that included four transport vans, 30 to 40 inmates, and eight adult corrections officers.

"In that moment, there was more than enough to distract for him to get away," said State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha.

A camera caught the getaway on tape.  Sakai says one of the guards chased Munet up the driveway that leads to Reed Lane, but could not catch him.

"He ran away from where everybody else was.  So one officer gave chase, called for the second, and the second followed," said Sakai.  "But they simply couldn't keep up with him.  He had enough of a head start."

Munet is a suspect in a homicide last year.  A man was found shot in the head at Kawainui State Park.  He is jailed on second degree murder charges at OCCC.  His bail is set at $1 million.

During Wednesday's transport, he was handcuffed, but he was not wearing ankle shackles, authorities say.  The Public Safety Director says he should have been wearing shackles: "We're not sure exactly why that happened.  We're investigating that.  We need to make sure this protocol is followed at all times."

Munet was in civilian clothes and not a prison jumpsuit.  This is the second escape from the Circuit Court building in four months.

"When people really want to escape they find a way to do it. That's all I can say.  It's really unfortunate.  We don't like it," said Sakai.  "We're going to do everything we can.  We're going to review our procedures and do everything we can to keep this from happening again."

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