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UPDATE: Prison Escapee
Found; Faces 5 Years

Updated 01:49 PM HST, July 14, 2014
Posted 10:01 AM HST, July 14, 2014

By David Kvasnicka

Junior Jorju. Photo courtesy Hawaii Dept. of Public Safety.

Junior Jorju. Photo courtesy Hawaii Dept. of Public Safety.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m. 7/14/2014:

Deputy sheriffs acting on a tip located and arrested Junior Jorju Monday at 9:30 a.m. He was hiding in the back parking lot of the Harbor Lights Condominium Complex in Kahului.

A Hawaii Department of Public Safety spokesperson said sheriffs were booking Jorju on a felony escape charge which can carry a 5-year sentence. He is heading back to Maui Community Correctional Center.

Authorities still do not know how Jorju escaped.

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An inmate escaped from Maui Community Correctional Center on Saturday, July 12, and has so far evaded re-capture.

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said that inmate Junior Jorju, 40, was discovered missing during the 9:30 p.m. headcount. Jorju was last accounted for at 7 p.m.

A facility lockdown was called and a search of the interior and exterior of the facility was conducted, the department said. Maui police were also notified.

The method of his escape is currently unknown to authorities.

The department said that Jorju is considered “community custody” which is the lowest risk level. He is sentenced as a misdeameant for criminal contempt of court, failure to appear, and driving without a license. He was serving 14 days, starting July 7, 2014 and ending July 20, 2014.

Maui police have since charged Jorju with second-degree escape, which typically carries a 10-year sentence according to a public safety official. The lesser-degree charge is due to the absence of violence involved in the escape.

The Maui police’s Criminal Investigation Division has been assigned to the case, who are currently investigating.

Jorju is described by police as a male Micronesian, 5’4″ and 135 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a black ink outline tattoo of a heart on his chest, and an unidentified tattoo on his left arm. Jorju was last seen wearing green prison scrubs.

He also goes by aliases “JJ” and Ken Taylor.

Police ask the public to not try to detain Jorju if he is sighted, but instead call 911.

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  • kahealani

    Check out Happy Valley area always seen this guy hanging on the wall by the bridge… n whats so sad is he only was supposed to do 2 weeks now he looking at 10yrs if hes caught….. Whats Maui coming to!

  • Killa

    beatle nut feener!!! Micronesian!!! get ofrf this aina

    • Mikey

      Most Micros show more Aloha than the average local. Remember it was a Micronesian that had to teach the Hawaiians how to navigate and sail the Hokulea.

      Just a thought but this guy sounds like he is not violent. Just confused. Show him some Aloha. Especially a fellow islander.

  • Brian Mcc

    I hope the judge gives this guy a break at sentencing. He seems a bit slow. Why would you run with just days to go? Stupidity?

  • shabba

    Wat a dumb idiot.14days now 10yrs

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