Fugitive hid in a stranger’s closet as police fanned out to search for him

Fugitive hid in a stranger’s closet as police fanned out to search for him
Lockdowns at Ewa Elementary and a nearby preschool have been lifted after police apprehended a suspect.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A manhunt for a fugitive Tuesday left residents of one Ewa neighborhood shaken after the suspect was finally found hiding in a closet at a home whose owner wasn’t home.

Police arrested Clayton Pontes, 34, after searching by air and on foot for him.

After canvassing the neighborhood, police found Pontes about 2:30 p.m. hiding in a water heater closet in resident Joel Agasid’s home when he wasn’t there.

Clayton Pontes
Clayton Pontes (Source: eCrim)

“It’s crazy,” said Agasid. “Like, why our house?”

Police blocked off streets during the search.

“My daughter’s boyfriend could hear a scuffle coming from next door,” said Korey Gayer. “And all of a sudden we could hear yelling in our neighbor’s garage ‘get out! Get out!’”

Pontes was booked for violating the terms of his probation and felony drug charges. Records show Pontes is a convicted felon with 12 prior charges who had a warrant out for his arrest. He was arrested in July for violating his probation but was released with conditions to get drug treatment.

Neighbors said Pontes did not put up a fight once police found him.

“Thank you for catching him, appreciate it,” said Agasid.

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