40-Year-Old Big Island Woman Charged in Helping Escapee and Hindering Prosecution

A 40-year-old Captain Cook woman has been charged with hindering prosecution in connection with an inmate from Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center who was being sought for escape.

Elizabeth Maile Medeiros also known as Maile Medeiros

Elizabeth Maile Medeiros also known as Maile Medeiros

While police were searching for Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, they developed information that Elizabeth Maile Medeiros, also known as Maile Medeiros, had provided transportation and clothing for him while he was still at large.

At 1:34 p.m. Thursday, officers arrested Medeiros while she was at Circuit Court in Kealakekua on an unrelated matter. She was taken to the Kona police cellblock while police continued the investigation.

Friday afternoon, Medeiros was charged with first-degree hindering prosecution, a Class C felony. She remains at the cellblock in lieu of $2,000 bail pending her initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

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.

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.

Second Prison Escapee Caught and Arrested in Puna

On December 13, 2012, at approximately 10:40 pm, escapee Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, was arrested at a residence in Hawaiian Beaches, Pahoa, Hawaii.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Members of a Task Force made up of Officers from the Kona and Hilo Districts, a State Sheriff, and Puna Police, conducted checks at a residence located on Kawakawa Street, Hawaiian Beaches, and located Jeffries-Hamar. He was arrested for Escape 1st Degree, and transported to the Hilo Police Station for processing.

A male party at the residence who is suspected of assisting Ryan Jeffries-Hamar was also arrested at the residence. Tyler Tzovarras, Male 30, of a Mt. View address, was arrested for Hindering Prosecution in the 1st Degree, as well as an outstanding Bench Warrant. Tzovarras is also being held pending further investigation.

 

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.

Big Island Police Bust 10 People in Connection to Drug-Related Burglary Ring

Big Island police have arrested 10 individuals in connection with a drug-related burglary ring.

Joshua Watan

On September 12, police arrested 31-year-old Joshua Watan of Kealakekua. On September 14, detectives charged him with criminal trespassing, meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing illegal drug paraphernalia. While Watan was still in police custody he was rearrested and charged on September 15 with burglary, promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and four counts of theft. His bail for all the above offenses was set at $428,000. In addition, he was arrested for discharge of sureties (for having a previous bail revoked) and for revocation of release on bail, which is an offense that doesn’t allow him to be released on bail.

Nicole Adams

Also on September 12, police arrested 51-year-old Nicole Adams of Captain Cook on suspicion of hindering prosecution for hiding Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, who was wanted for escape. On September 13, she was charged with that offense. Her bail was set at $2,000.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Curtis Hoku Kekahuna Jr.

On September 13, police received a tip that 36-year-old Curtis Hoku Kehahuna of Kamuela, whom police were seeking, was at a home in the Kalaoa area. When police went to the property they found Kehahuna and methamphetamines at the scene. They arrested Kekahuna, 28-year-old Halatoa Fakatoumafi of Kailua-Kona and 22-year-old Gensyn Waltjen of Hilo on suspicion of drug offenses.

Halatoa Fakatoumafi

While on the property, police located a vehicle that had been stolen from Hilo. A search warrant led to the recovery of two additional vehicles that had been stolen from Hilo and Kona.

Jessica Tuifua

Also on September 13, 39-year-old Jessica Tuifua of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution (for hiding Kehahuna from police). She was charged with that offense on September 15 and her bail was set at $2,000.

Waltjen was released on September 15 pending further investigation.

Kehahuna was charged on that date with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was also arrested and charged on four outstanding warrants as well as for discharge of sureties and held without bail for the charge of violating terms of release on bail. His bail for the above charges was $83,000.

In addition, Kehahuna was charged with kidnapping, assault, terroristic threatening and burglary for an incident that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona. Those offenses added another $87,000 to his bail total.

Additionally on September 15, police charged Fakatoumafi with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and hindering prosecution (for hiding Kekahuna from police). His bail was set at $6,250.

On September 17, Sean Gregory of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in connection with a vehicle that was taken from Waikoloa in July and an all-terrain vehicle that was taken from the Kalaoa area on September 15. He remains in police custody at the Kona cellblock while police continue the investigation.

Joseph Augustino Narzisi

On Tuesday (September 18), Joseph Narzisi, who was already in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, was arrested and charged for a kidnapping case that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona in which a suspect forced his way into a 26-year-old man’s home, assaulted him and threatened him with a firearm, before forcing him into a vehicle, where the threats and assault continued until the victim was able to escape. The victim declined treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries. Police recovered a firearm in connection with that case. Narzisi’s bail for that offense was set at $87,000.

Colvin Gaspar

Also on Tuesday, 20-year-old Colvin Gaspar of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution (for hiding Kekahuna). He was charged Wednesday morning (September 19) with that offense and his bail was set at $2,000.

And finally, on Tuesday, police arrested 24-year-old Daniel Estocado on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for a February 24 incident in Kona and on suspicion of burglary for an August 27 incident in Kealakekua. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation.

Lieutenant Sherry Bird said tips from the public played an important role in dismantling this burglary ring. “We are grateful to our community for helping to act as our eyes and ears,” Bird said. “Their help was critical in helping us solve this rash of crimes.”

Joel Landsborough

Police are still searching for 24-year-old Joel Landsborough of Kailua-Kona, who is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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.

Big Island Police Catch 31-Year-Old Hale Nani Escapee

A 31-year-old Kailua-Kona man wanted for allegedly escaping from a correctional facility was arrested in West Hawaiʻi.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar was located and arrested Saturday (September 8) in Kealakekua near the intersection of Highway 11 and Halekii Street. He is suspected of escaping from Hale Nani off Route 11 Tuesday afternoon (August 14).

Jeffries-Hamar also had an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of terms and conditions of furlough that he was arrested for.

At 6:00 p.m. Sunday (September 9), detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section charged Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar with escape in the second degree. Bail was set at $10,000. There was no bail set by the courts for the arrest warrant.

He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (September 10).

Big Island Police Searching for Escapee from Hale Nani Correctional Facility

Yesterday, Hale Nani Correctional Facility reported the escape of inmate Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, Male 31, 5’7″, 165 pounds, brown short hair, blue eyes.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of this escapee is being asked to contact the police.