Update on the Hale Nani Correctional Center Escapees

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating two inmates who escaped from a correctional facility Wednesday night (September 4).

At about 11:10 p. m. Wednesday, police received a report from personnel at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center’s Hale Nani location off Route 11 in Hilo that during their routine checks, two inmates were unaccounted for.

Andrew Wanat

Andrew Wanat

The first inmate, 27-year-old Andrew Marshall Wanat, who has no permanent address, is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-11, 210 pounds with brown eyes and short hair or a shaved head. He has tattoos on both inner forearms and on his entire outer left arm.

Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

The second inmate, 23-year-old Robert Carlos Garcia, who also has no permanent address, is described as African-American, 5-foot-7, about 130 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. He often wears a goatee and mustache, and he has tattoos on his right forearm and the left side of his neck.

Both Wanat and Garcia were in custody for probation violations. They are known to frequent the Kona area and are not considered dangerous.

They were last seen wearing white shirts with “HCCC” printed on the back.

Police ask anyone with information on this case or who may know the whereabouts of either man 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.

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