Authorities are asking the public’s help in locating an furlough inmate who fled from Laumaka Furlough Center in Kalihi.
The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said Michael Jay, 37, is serving time for first-degree attempted assault and first-degree criminal property damage.
A judge had sentenced him to six years and eight months for the charges. Prior to his escape, the public safety department said the parole board tentatively approved Jay to be released on parole on Dec. 13.
According to a news release from the public safety department, Jay returned to Laumaka at 9 p.m. Tuesday after he was issued a furlough day pass. Jay was told to wait in a holding room to meet with staff when he fled out the front door.
Law enforcement were notified.
Public Safety Spokeswoman Toni Schwartz declined to disclose the reason he was issued a furlough day pass.
Day passes are usually issued to Laumaka inmates to go to work or attend programs in the community.
Jay is 5 feet, 7 inches and approximately 124 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He also has several tattoos around his neck. The public safety department said he was last seen wearing a white hoodie and white cargo shorts at the time he fled.
Anyone with information on Jay’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Sheriffs’ Office at 586-1352.