Second MCCC escapee back in police custody, authorities say

Second MCCC escapee back in police custody, authorities say
Maui Police are searching for Barret Paman, 31, and Troy Diego, 30, after the pair escaped from MCCC Sunday morning (Source: Department of Public Safety)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Both of the pretrial detainees who escaped from the Maui Community Correctional Center early Sunday are back in police custody, state officials say.

One of the detainees — 31-year-old Barret Paman — turned himself in to police later on Sunday, roughly 12 hours after the escape.

The second, Troy Diego, was arrested at around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

The escape happened about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, when the pair escaped through a broken door at the Maui jail. Staff searched the perimeter and spotted clothing caught in the razor wire at the top of the north-facing security fence.

Diego was awaiting trial in a vehicle theft case, while Paman was being held on a slew of charges that included burglary, theft and the carrying of a firearm.

Both men now face an added escape charge, authorities said Monday.

The escapes come amid new scrutiny of MCCC, where a riot last month left behind significant damage and forced officials to ship some inmates to Oahu.

State Public Safety officials have said the problems at the jail are linked to severe overcrowding, but critics have also questioned the facility’s management.

In the wake of the riot, staff members at the Maui jail sent an anonymous letter to the media in which they said the riot was a symptom of bigger problems — and the public should be worried about their safety.

This story will be updated.

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