Manhunt underway for accused killer mistakenly released from HCCC, 26 July 2018

Accessed on 27 July 2018, 0423 UTC, Post #17298.


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The Hawaii Police Department has begun a massive manhunt for an accused murderer who was mistakenly released from the Hawaii County Community Correctional Facility (HCCC) on Tuesday, 24 July 2018.

Forty-nine-year-old Brian Smith of Honaunau was being held on $1.5 million bail until he was “erroneously released” from HCCC.

Smith was confined at HCCC on three murder counts and at least four firearms violations.

Here’s a short report from the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser”:

“Hawaii County prosecutors informed HCCC this morning the facility may have erroneously released Smith Tuesday, the Department of Public Safety said. The Public Safety director’s office was notified at 11:30 a.m.

Smith was released, as ordered, for district court matters, but “it was quickly confirmed through documentation that the inmate should have remained in custody in a circuit court matter,,” DPS said in a written statement.

“As soon as we knew, we took action to alert the public,” a DPS spokeswoman said in the statement.

Smith is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes.

If you see him, please call 911.”

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Russ Roberts