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Prison Escapee Recaptured After Hostage Drama

September 6, 1987

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) _ Police recaptured a young prison escapee who held a woman and her 10-year- old daughter hostage at gunpoint and terrorized a suburban subdivision for eight hours Saturday, authorities said.

Emmanuel B. Silva, 18, released his hostages unharmed and surrendered shortly before noon, police said.

″He held me for about 20 minutes - it seemed like forever,″ Maxine Composto told Honolulu television station KHON after she and her daughter, Jamie, were freed. ″I talked to him, and we answered questions. We even prayed together.

″He said he did not want to hurt us but would if he had to,″ she said.

Police mounted a manhunt for Silva, who escaped with another inmate Aug. 26 from the Oahu Community Correctional Center, here early Saturday after a 15- year-old girl said he had kidnapped her and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Silva fired a shot at a friend of the girl who went to her assistance, police said.

Six hours later, as dozens of shotgun-toting police officers searched the neighborhood, Silva was flushed from his hiding place when a resident opened a storage area in his garage, witnesses said.

Waving a gun in the air, he fled through yards, frightening residents.

″He ran about four feet from me, but he didn’t pay any attention to me,″ said Mrs. Paul Heyd. ″He just wanted to go out my gate.″

Shortly before noon, Mrs. Composto and her family returned home to find Silva hiding inside, neighbors said.

″My daughter Carrie came running into the backyard from the side of the house saying ’He’s in the house and he has Mommy,‴ Joseph Composto told KHON.

Composto and his daughter alerted police, who surrounded the house.

Police sent an unarmed officer and Silva’s brother to the front door to talk to the fugitive, said Honolulu Star-Bulletin photograher Ken Sakamoto.

Silva let Jamie out of the house and came to the front door with his arms around Mrs. Composto’s neck, holding a gun and talking to his brother and the officer, Sakamoto said.

He then let the woman go. Police rushed into the house and took Silva into custody, he said.

Mrs. Composto said Silva told her he did not want to go to jail for something he did not do.

Before his escape, Silva was being held on $125,000 bail on kidnapping and burglary charges.

He now faces possible charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, burglary and illegal possession of a firearm, said police Capt. Louis Souza.

Kailua is about 10 miles east of Honolulu.

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