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Manhunt underway for 2 Big Island escapees

Published On: Dec 05 2012 11:11:18 AM HST
Updated On: Dec 05 2012 11:05:54 PM HST

Police search for Hilo prison escapees.

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police is warning the public about two inmates, identified as Ryan James Hamar and Jarvis Higa, who escaped from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

They were last seen in the Sunrise Ridge subdivision in Hilo.  One or both of them may try to hitchhike to Kona.

Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar, a.k.a. Ryan James Hamar, a.k.a. Ryan James Jeffries, a.k.a. Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, 31, is 5-feet-7-inches-tall, 165 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Jarvis Naoki Higa, 35, is 5-feet-6-inches-tall, 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  He has tattoos on his arms and chest.

Ted Sakai, the director of the Hawaii Department of Public Safety, said that the inmates were the prison law library Wednesday when they overpowered a guard.  The guard was sent to the hospital.

The inmates reportedly threatened the librarian and stole her car keys, said Sakai.  They forced their way to a perimeter gate and took the librarian's vehicle.  They later abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

They were last seen around noon in the vicinity of Alahelenui Street and Kaumana Drive.  Both were barefoot and wearing grey sweat pants and white t-shirts.

However, police both men were able to shed their prison clothes after allegedly burglarizing a home on Kaumana Drive.

Kekoa Molale, 19 of Kaumana City, said there is heavy police presence between Kaumana and Ponahawai homesteads. However, finding the two men may be difficult if they have ventured into the nearby forest.

"They could probably hide maybe about two feet deep within the bushes and be deep enough that no one would see them the whole day," said Molale.

The public is cautioned not to approach them, as they may be dangerous. If you see them, call 911.

Sekai said he dispatched a team to Hilo to investigate exactly how the two men were able to escape.

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