Update on the Capture of the Second Prison Escapee – MANHUNT OVER

Hawaiʻi County Police have arrested the second of two inmates who escaped from Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center on December 5.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, 31, was arrested at approximately 10:40 p.m. Thursday (December 13), at a home in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision of Puna.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Earlier Thursday, police received multiple sightings of Jeffries-Hamar in Kona. Police tracked him from Kona to Puna after investigation revealed that he left Kona on the back of a motorcycle that passed through Kaʻū and was headed for Puna.

Members of a Task Force made up of officers from the Kona and Hilo Districts, a State Sheriff’s deputy and patrol officers from the Puna District, conducted checks at a home located on Kawakawa Street in Hawaiian Beaches. They found Jeffries-Hamar hiding in a bedroom. He was arrested for first-degree escape and taken to the Hilo station for processing.
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Police also arrested 30-year-old Tyler Tzovarras of Mountain View at the Hawaiian Beaches house on suspicion of first-degree hindering prosecution, as well as for an outstanding bench warrant. Both men are being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation.

The other escape suspect, Jarvis Higa, was arrested December 7 in Kaʻū.

Captain Robert Wagner said tips from the public were invaluable in helping police locate both escaped inmates during the 8-day manhunt.

Big Island Police Charge Escapee With Multiple Counts – Still Searching for Other Escapee

Big Island Police have charged Jarvis Higa today with several offenses stemming from his escape from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

Jarvis Naoki Higa

Jarvis Naoki Higa

Higa was charged with Escape in the 1st Degree, Kidnapping, Assault 2nd Degree, Robbery 2nd Degree, Criminal Property Damage in the 3rd Degree, and Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle. Higa is presently being held at the East Hawaii Detention Facility located at the Hilo Police Station. Higa will likely be arraigned on his charges on Monday, December 10th, at Hilo District Court.

Higa is being detained without bail.

 

Two Escapees Still on Run Following Violent Escape From Hawaii Community Correctional Center

Two inmates who escaped from Hawaii Community Correctional Center are still at large. They were last seen on foot around noon in the vicinity of Alahelenui Street and Kaumana Drive. Both were barefoot and wearing grey sweat pants and white T-shirts.

One or both of them may try to hitchhike to Kona.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar, aka Ryan James Hamar, aka Ryan James Jeffries, aka Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, 31, is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 165 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Jarvis Naoki Higa

Jarvis Naoki Higa

Jarvis Naoki Higa, 35, is described as Japanese, 5-foot-6, 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has tattoos on his arms and chest.

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

*Editors Note* From what I’ve heard, it was a violent escape and they ended up taking off with the prison librarian’s car but later abandoned it.