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Missing inmate returned to custody

  • COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

    Kurt Lopes was arrested at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and was brought to Oahu Community Correctional Center.

A missing Waiawa Correctional Facility inmate was captured Saturday and returned to state custody.

Kurt Lopes, 30, was reported missing during a headcount at the Waiawa facility about 9 p.m. Thursday, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said.

Police arrested Lopes at the Waipahu Walmart on Kupuohi Street at about 6:50 p.m. Saturday for investigation of second-degree escape. A 29-year-old Kapolei women was arrested with Lopes for investigation of hindering prosecution.

Lopes was taken to Oahu Community Correctional Center this morning and will be transferred to Halawa Correctional Center, the DPS spokeswoman said.

State officials are investigating how Lopes escaped. He was classified as a minimum-custody inmate, serving time for first-degree burglary and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Waiawa Correctional Facility consists of dorm-style housing for minimum custody male inmates, DPS said.

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