The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said Sunday that two detainees at the Maui Community Correctional Center escaped in the early morning.

“It is believed 30-year old Troy Diego and 31-year old Barret Paman left the facility around 2:30 a.m.,” Public Information Officer Toni Schwartz said in a media advisory. “That’s when staff noticed a broken door in the back of their dorm building.”

Director Public Safety Noland Espinda during decision making.

Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda at a confirmation hearing Thursday. A Senate panel, citing dissatisfaction with Hawaii jails and prisons, voted not to approve his renomination.

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A lockdown was ordered and a headcount confirmed the two men were missing. Maui Police were notified and lockdown was lifted around 3:20 a.m.

Diego is 5-feet 10-inches tall  and weighs 140 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. He is being held on charges of theft, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and failure to appear.

Paman is 5-feet 8-inches tall weighs 135 lbs. with brown hair and eyes. He is awaiting trial for charges of burglary, theft, carrying a firearm on a public highway and place to keep a firearm.

People who may know of the men’s whereabouts should call 911.

MCCC was the site of a riot in March that has led to the transfer of several dozen pre-trial detainees to the prison on Oahu. Maui jail conditions have been under scrutiny since the incident earlier this year and is one of reasons cited by lawmakers on the Senate public safety committee who last week voted against re-confirming Nolan Espinda as director of the Department of Public Safety.

Update: Maui Police confirmed that Paman turned himself in to them just after 3 p.m. Diego is still missing.

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