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DOH Places 7 Hospital Employees on Off-duty Status Without Pay

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is placing seven Hawaii State Hospital employees on off-duty status without pay pending the investigation of the escape of a patient on Nov. 12. The hospital employees are being notified and will be relieved of their duties for 30 days as the internal investigation continues. As the investigation progresses, more employees may be identified and placed on off-duty status.

The department is committed to a thorough investigation, evaluation and correction of our hospital protocols and procedures to prevent this type of incident from reoccurring. In addition to placing employees on off-duty status, all unescorted on-campus and off-campus privileges have been stopped, visits to Kaneohe Clubhouse have been suspended, all staff have been retrained on the accountability process, security staff have been reassigned, all levels of patient privilege and visitation policies are being reviewed, additional unannounced patient area searches are being conducted, and procurement of additional security fencing is being expedited.

Hawaii Island Police Track Down One Escapee – Other Still Sought

Hawaiʻi Island police have located one of two inmates who escaped from the Hale Nani correctional facility Wednesday night (September 4).

At 11:50 a.m. Friday (September 6), Kona Patrol officers and Community Policing officers responded to a report that 27-year-old Andrew Marshall Wanat had been seen on Alapa Street in Kailua-Kona.

Andrew Wanat

Andrew Wanat

When officers responded, he attempted to run away twice before he was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree escape and taken to the Kona police cellblock while police continue the investigation.

The second inmate is still at large. Robert Carlos Garcia, 23, who has no permanent address, is described as African-American, 5-foot-7, about 130 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

He often wears a goatee and mustache, and he has tattoos on his right forearm and the left side of his neck.

Police ask anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or cdavies@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@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.

 

Escapee at Hale Nani Correctional Facility on the Big Island

On April 7, 2013, at approx. 7:30 a.m., police received a call from the Hale Nani Correctional Facility that a female inmate identified as Shaylyn Momi Araw escaped by scaling a 15′ to 20′ fence.

Shaylyn Araw

Shaylyn Araw

Araw is descibed as having brown eyes, 5’3, 110 lbs, brown shoulder length hair, tan complexion. She was last seen wearing blue shorts with “HCC” printed on the back, white T-shirt with “HCC Inmate” printed on the back.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being asked to contact the police.