Honolulu police have initiated a first-degree murder investigation involving the death of a 62-year-old male inmate at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi.
Though the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release the victim’s name, the Hawaii Department of Public Safety identified the victim as Vance Grace, who was awaiting trial for promoting prison contraband.
Staff at the correctional facility were alerted to a reported assault involving two inmates at the correctional facility at 2199 Kamehameha Highway about 9:05 p.m. Monday, according to public safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz.
Vance was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m.
Police arrested a inmate Ezequiel Zayas, 27, on suspicion of first-degree murder. He is in custody at the correctional facility pending trial for burglary charges.
DPS is also investigating.
This is the second inmate who died from fatal injuries in an alleged attack at a correctional facility in Hawaii in almost two weeks.
On Aug. 19, police said a 70-year-old Harry Hoopii was assaulted by a 25-year-old male inmate at the Halawa Correctional Facility at 99-902 Moanalua Rd.
Hoopii suffered head injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police arrested inmate Kumulipo Sylva on suspicion of first-degree murder. Sylva is serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of manslaughter in the 2018 deadly stabbing of a 35-year-old man on Maui.
Hoopii was serving a life term with the possibility of parole for the December 1983 rape, sodomy and kidnapping of a 6-year-old girl. He was also serving another life term with the possibility of parole for a September 1983 attempted murder conviction in the stabbing case of a 29-year-old man.