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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 12:09 p.m., Thursday, February 20, 2003

Police catch cellblock escapee in Kailua

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

The 19-year-old man who escaped from the Honolulu Police Department cellblock Monday was captured by police today at the scene of a burglary in Kailua.
Jessie K. Dutro leaves the Kailua police station, bound for the Honolulu Police Department’s Alapa‘i station, where he escaped from a cellblock on Monday. Dutro was captured earlier today at the Windward branch of the YMCA in Kailua, police said.

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Jessie K. Dutro, 19, charged Sunday with auto theft, fled from the Honolulu Police Department’s Alapa'i station basement cellblock on Monday by picking a defective cell-door lock and opening security doors by using two keys left unattended, police said.

He was captured today shorty before 4 a.m. by police officers responding to a security alarm at the YMCA’s Windward branch at 1200 Kailua Road.

Dutro was found hiding in the facility’s “club room” at 3:49 a.m., police said. Dutro and a 23-year-old Waimanalo man were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing three YMCA rooms, including the administrative offices, said Detective Jack Snyder.

Snyder said a patrol officer responding to the alarm saw a light go on and off in one of the rooms and called for other officers. While checking the grounds, officers saw two men on the roof of one building, Snyder said.

The men jumped down to the courtyard and attempted to run. Police captured the 23-year-old man in the courtyard, Snyder said.

Dutro was found hiding in the facility’s club room.

Police recovered stolen property, including a small amount of cash, at the scene.

Snyder said the two suspects apparently got into the YMCA by removing louvers to a room where swimming pool equipment is stored. They then got into the administration building by removing an air-conditioning unit mounted on a wall, police said.

Dutro was arrested for second-degree escape in addition to second-degree burglary.

Although he has no adult record, according to the Hawai‘i Criminal Justice Data Center, Dutro was known to be a "serious juvenile offender" to police in Windward O'ahu. In 2001, he escaped from the Hawai'i Youth Correctional Facility while on a work line, said a law-enforcement official. He was found after that incident and returned to the facility, where he served the remainder of his term.

Police, meanwhile, confirmed yesterday 14 of the 53 door locks for cells at HPD’s central receiving cellblock were found to be defective in an inspection conducted after Dutro’s escape.