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BRIDGEPORT — A city man jailed in Hawaii awaiting trial on burglary charges has been accused of killing a fellow inmate, according to correction officials.
Oahu Community Correction Center staff were alerted to a report of an inmate-on-inmate assault around 9 p.m. Aug. 31, according to Toni Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii Department of Public Safety.
Schwartz said 62-year-old Vance Grace, who was pending trial on charges of promoting prison contraband, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m. The cause of death was not immediately released.
Ezequiel Zayas, 27, was arrested and charged by the Hawaii Attorney General’s office with first-degree murder and second-degree murder, Schwartz said.
He remains at OCCC, according to Schwartz.
The Department of Public Safety is also conducting an internal administrative investigation into the incident.
Zayas has ties to Connecticut and was reported missing to Bridgeport police last summer.
Bridgeport police took a missing person report for Zayas on Aug. 9, 2019, after he hadn’t been seen since July 29.
On Aug. 23, 2019, Zayas’ mother notified Bridgeport police after she learned her son was being treated by a doctor in Honolulu. She told police her son wanted to come back to Connecticut.
More than a month later, Zayas was charged with first-degree burglary by police in Hawaii on Sept. 22, 2019. The charges stemmed from a burglary of a Honolulu home while the owners were on vacation, police said.
The homeowners said Zayas left a diary that they claimed included entries about each of the family members. The family was concerned Zayas may have been watching them and were granted a temporary retraining order against him.
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