Police alert public to another Hale Nani correctional facility escape




Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

HILO, Hawaii: For the second time in one month, an escapee from the Hale Nani correctional facility is on the loose, and police are asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Police say 31 year old Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar of Kailua-Kona was last seen allegedly fleeing from Hale Nani off Route 11 in Panaewa on Tuesday at about 2 p.m. He is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 170 pounds with blue eyes and short reddish-blond hair. He has a tattoo along his entire right arm.

He’s already made it across the island, police believe. Jeffries-Hamar was reportedly seen Wednesday afternoon in Kainaliu and Wednesday evening in Kailua-Kona.

On July 21, 32 year old Dallas Wesley Runyon, also left the facility without authorization.

Hale Nani is a reintegration program of the Hawaii Community Correctional Center. It is located five miles away from the primary HCCC facility in Panaewa. The Department of Public Safety website says Hale Nani offers reintegration services and a work release program for sentenced inmates who will be released on the island of Hawaii.

Although Jeffries-Hamar is not considered dangerous, police warn the public against contacting him and instead advise them to call police.

Police ask that anyone with information Jeffries-Hamar’s whereabouts call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email him at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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