Details murky on Daniel Skelton’s escape from OCCC

Annex 1, Oahu Community Correctional Center

Questions still remain as to how Daniel Skelton escaped Oahu Community Correctional Center in the first place. Now, it’s not even clear when Skelton escaped.

Public safety director Ted Sakai says the investigation now puts the timeline up in the air, and the details of the escape are even murkier today than when it first happened.

Prison officials say Skelton broke out of the Annex One building through a hole in the bathroom ceiling. He got on the roof and jumped down and was able to get through a weak spot in the fence.

Sakai said on Monday that Skelton was last seen at five in the morning and was missing at the 6 a.m. head count.

When asked Wednesday if that was still the case, Sakai responded, “Well we are looking at every other possible piece of evidence as we conduct the investigation and one of the elements is whether that report was correct.”

“Is it possible that he escaped much earlier like the night before?” KHON2 asked.

“Again that’s part of the investigation and I prefer not to comment on that,” Sakai said.

Officials say surveillance video shows Skelton did not climb over the fence, but it’s still not clear where the weak spot is and whether it’s been fixed.

“Could Skelton have walked out of an open gate?” KHON2 asked.

“Again, I’m not going to comment on that,” Sakai responded.

“You’ve seen the surveillance video?” KHON2 asked.

“Again, anything that has to do with the investigation, I don’t want to talk about it,” Sakai said.

As to why the guards at the towers never spotted Skelton and sounded an alarm, officials gave the same answer and will likely keep giving the same answer for the next couple of months. Sakai said it takes that long to do the investigation because they have to interview the guards and the rest of the staff.

“If any staff is found to be culpable, we need to give them a chance to tell their side of the story. They’re entitled to a hearing if we decide to move forward with charges,” Sakai said.

Sakai did comment on making security improvements. Officials are looking into installing an alarm system at the fence.

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