Police arrest OCCC furlough program walkaway

An inmate who walked away from an Oahu Community Correctional Center work furlough program three weeks ago is back in custody.

Authorities have been looking for 28-year-old Benjamin Pabingwit when he didn't report back to the facility on May 5th.

He re-surfaced Saturday morning after police arrested him in connection with a stolen vehicle case.

Pabingwit first went to OCCC two years ago on burglary drug and theft charges.

Officials say he was on work furlough because he may have been near the end of his sentence.

This marks the second furlough walkaway arrest in recent months.

Back in March, police arrested Leslie Dabis after authorities had been looking for him since January.

The Department of Public Safety says there are more than 200 male inmates in work furlough programs on Oahu and only about three-percent 'walk away' or 'escape' for an extended period of time.

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