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.

Manhunt Over on Police Escape on the Big Island

Media Release:

A 19-year-old Waikoloa man who was the subject of a one-and-a-half-hour manhunt is in police custody facing possible escape charges.

Airiel Jost

Airiel Jost , who was at the Waimea courthouse for resisting an order to stop and two counts of theft, was in the process of being arrested on a $10,000 contempt of court warrant Tuesday afternoon (July 26), when he bolted from Sheriff’s deputies shortly before 2 p.m. and ran from the building.

The Hawai’i Police Department launched a search and found Jost hiding in bushed behind North Hawaii Community Hospital at 3:30 p.m. He was arrested on suspicion of escape. He was also arrested and charged with contempt of court for the $10,000 arrest warrant.

He is scheduled to return to court Wednesday (July 27).