HILO, Hawaii – Two escapees from Hale Nani CC are on the loose, according to a police alert issued at 3 a.m. on Thursday morning.
UPDATE – The state Department of Public Safety is correcting the times the escapees were last accounted for at the minimum security facility. The men were last seen between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., not 6 p.m. as previously reported.
Hawaii County Police first reported 27 year old male Andrew Wanat and 23 year old Robert Garcia were last accounted for at 6 p.m. the day before (Wednesday, Sept. 4)
A new alert was issued by the state:
|On Wednesday, at approximately 10:30 p.m., it was reported that two inmates were not present for the official count at the Hale Nani men housing unit located in Hilo. Hawaii County Police were notified and escape reports were filed for inmates Robert Garcia and Andrew Wanat. If you see these men please contact local police.|
Police released photos of the inmates, along with short descriptions.
Robert GARCIA, M-23, Black, 5’7, 130 lbs, slim with short black hair, brown eyes, mustache/goatee, white HCCC Shirt, Blue HCCC shorts
Date Committed To Facility: 8-5-2013
Andrew WANAT,M-27, Caucasian, 5’11”, 210 lbs, medium build, shaved head, brown eyes, moustache/goatee, white HCCC shirt, blue HCCC shorts
Date Committed To Facility: 7-22-2013
Wanat has appeared a few times on the Hawaii County Police website, wanted as a suspect in different roberry cases and bench warrants for violating probation. He was also the victim in a stabbing that also killed his father, Edward. 62 year old Gene Craig Wells was arrested and charged with murder in that incident.
Police say both men are known to frequent the Kona area and are not considered dangerous. Police ask anyone with information on this case or who may know the whereabouts of either man to contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email@example.com.
Hale Nani provides an offender reintegration and a work release program for sentenced inmates who will be released on the island of Hawaii.