Several DOE Schools Effect Lockdown Status Following Suspect Escape

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Teddy Munet, 29, was being held on a second-degree murder charge, firearms and drug-related charges when he escaped from custody. He was captured 12 hours later with the help of Honolulu police
Teddy Munet, 29, is described as 5′-11″ – he is wearing a black hoodie and may have on belly chain and handcuffs. He was being held on a charges of second-degree murder, firearms and drugs.

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are continuing to search for Teddy Munet. Munet escaped from State custody today at 8:05 a.m. Munet has several tattoos including a skull wearing a baseball cap on the left side of his neck, marijuana leaf on chest, “NSB” on lower abdomen, and “GRAMZ” on mid abdomen.

Nine public schools in the Honolulu District went into lockdown and/or were placed under heightened alert today after a he escaped this morning near Circuit Court in Downtown Honolulu.

Beginning 9:45 a.m., Royal Elementary and Central Intermediate School initiated lockdowns on their campuses as a precaution because of their proximity to Circuit Court.

At around the same time Department of Education (DOE) implemented a “heightened alert” status for schools in affected areas as police searched the Honolulu district for the escapee. Those schools included Central Middle, Royal Elementary and Pauoa Elementary.

Heightened alert status requires all staff to be vigilantly attentive and watchful to activity and visitors on campuses. Lockdown status is a “no-one-in/no-one-out” situation in which visitors are prohibited from entering the school campus.

Washington Middle initiated a lockdown at 11:30 a.m. Shortly after, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) set up a command post at the school’s King Street parking lot. Other lockdowns occurred at the following schools: Lincoln Elementary, Lunalilo Elementary, Manoa Elementary, McKinley High, Noelani Elementary, and Stevenson Middle.

Public school schedules allow for an early dismissal on Wednesdays. The lockdown status was lifted at schools’ respective dismissal times.

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