Escapee was turned in by his mother

Escapee Patrick Hernandez is taken back into custody by officers.

The detainee who made a brief escape from DOC custody was turned in by his mother who alerted authorities that he was in the Maina area.

Patrick Hernandez escaped from the Hagatna Detention Facility early yesterday morning and was on the run for two hours before authorities caught up with him.

According to court documents, a corrections officer who witnessed the incident told police that Hernandez along with other detainees were in the courtyard for fresh air when a vendor van arrived prompting the officer to open the gate to allow the van to enter.

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Police say Hernandez made a dash for the open gate just as the corrections officers were attempting to secure it. Court documents state that Hernandez ran at a high rate of speed past the officer and out onto Chalan Santo Papa.

While the DOC officer attempted to pursue Hernandez, he lost sight of him after he entered the jungle. Police say that it was Hernandez’s mother who alerted authorities that she received a phone call from Hernandez asking her to pick him up in the Maina area.

Police say they located Hernandez at the Maina Church Social hall. He was charged with escape from custody. He was booked and re-confined.


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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.