Department of Corrections and local law enforcement had a busy morning tracking down a detainee who escaped from the Hagatna detention facility shortly after 7 a.m. this morning.
DOC detainee Patrick Hernandez was on the loose for nearly two hours before authorities tracked him down.
His escape from the Hagatna detention facility prompted Guam Police Department and DOC officers to comb the Hagatna area but it wasn’t until the search was expanded that they discovered him in Maina village near the church.
Hernandez was being confined at the detention facility since September on charges of driving while impaired, giving bribes, and resisting arrest among other charges.
While details of how Hernandez managed to escape could not be provided, PNC asked DOC Acting Deputy Director Joe Carbullido how another escape impacts the department given the recent adverse attention the department has been getting.
“I’m sure there is public concern out there. But like I said, I can assure the public that we are doing everything we can with the manpower we have to make sure that public safety is a priority,” Carbullido said.
This is not the first time an inmate or detainee has escaped from DOC custody, This year alone, two DOC trustees named Johnny Atalig and Johnnie Del Rosario walked out of the Mangilao prison compound in October. This was followed by the escape of DOC detainee Dravin Quinata from the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center also in October. DOC Director Samantha Brennan said that Quinata was not under DOC’s custody at the time.