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KCCC inmate scales fence, captured 40 minutes later

WAILUA — Kaua’i Community Correctional Facility Warden Neal Wagatsuma and

his staff are still marveling over how inmate Vincent Hilario escaped from

the jail Wednesday morning.

Hilario, 32, scaled a 24-foot high fine-mesh

fence, fled the prison grounds undetected, but was recaptured in a pasture 40

minutes after his escape.

“It was amazing what he did, ” Wagatsuma said.

“It was superhuman kind.”

While in the recreation yard at 7:40 a.m.,

Hilario, a martial arts practitioner, contorted his hands to climb up the post

of a fine-mesh fence, cleared the top of it, scampered away from the prison

grounds and headed toward Kapa’a.

Corrections officers got whiff of the

escape, Wagatsuma said, and, assisted by the Kaua’i police, closed off the jail

to prevent more escapes.

Law enforcement officers with the state

Department of Land and Natural Resources also were ready to use tracking dogs

to find Hilario.

But Jon Miyajima, a corrections supervisor, spotted

Hilario lying face down in the field by the jail, and Corrections Lt. Lewis

Lindsey apprehended the escapee without any resistance, Wagatsuma

said.

Hilario was charged by police with escape in the first degree. A

trial is pending, according to Wagatsuma.

Hilario has been serving a

five-year prison sentence for violation of a probation condition on an

assault conviction.

Hilario’s escape was the first from the main building

at the jail since 1991.

To prevent further escapes of that kind, razor wire

has been installed at the top of the fence which Hilario scaled with ease,

Wagatsuma said.

“It should work,” he said. ” A normal person would never

have been able to do what he did.”

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