HCCC inmate charged with assaulting adult correctional officer

February 21, 2022, 3:47 PM HST

Marly Poai

A remand inmate at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center is facing new charges after the alleged assault of an adult corrections officer on Sunday, February 20.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the inmate, identified as 23-year-old Marly Poai, assaulted the officer in an accommodation pod at HCCC around 4:20 p.m.

“The ACO fell and was unconscious for a short time,” DPS officials said. “Medical staff were on scene to provide immediate assistance while an ambulance was called to take the ACO to hospital for assessment and treatment. During this time, the accommodation was secured.

What prompted the assault or the officer’s current condition was unknown as of Monday afternoon.

Hawaiian police were called to the scene to investigate and arrest Poai. He is charged with assault and could face further administrative and criminal charges once investigations are completed.

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Poai is currently awaiting trial for first degree robbery, first degree assault, kidnapping, unauthorized control of a powered vehicle, third degree promotion of a dangerous drug, first degree robbery, reckless endangerment at second degree, reckless driving, first degree negligent injury, accident resulting in death/bodily injury and breach of probation.

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