KCCC inmate arrested after escape

LIHUE — A Kauai Community Correctional Center work furlough inmate was arrested Tuesday morning after he failed to return to his community residence after work Monday evening.

Albert Roberts, who is serving time for theft 2, was scheduled to return home from work at 5 p.m. Kauai police was notified Tuesday morning.

Roberts is classified as community custody which is the lowest custody level.

When someone escapes from a jail, it is Public Safety Department Protocol to first notify the local police department and then the public, said Toni Schwartz, spokeswoman.

But because Roberts was on extended protocol, and living and working outside the facility, the department first had to determine why there was no reasonable excuse for his absence.

“Many times there are plausible explanations, and sometimes unforeseen emergency situations that prevent them from going home right away,” she said.

Once that was determined, KPD was notified, Schwartz said.

He wasn’t scheduled to check in with KCC until later this week, she added.

Escape 2 is expected to be added to Roberts’ charges.

His next parole hearing is scheduled for July.

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