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Hawaii island inmate recaptured after escaping transitional facility

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:09 a.m. HST, Aug 22, 2012

Hawaii County police recaptured one of two escapees from the Hale Nani transitional facility Tuesday night in Kona, the state Department of Public Safety reported.

Joshua Kalili is charged with second-degree escape after he left the Panaewa reintegration program Sunday afternoon, a Public Safety spokeswoman said. 

Kalili, of Honaunau, was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery last year in connection with a stolen backpack containing hashish taken from a 35-year-old man leaving a Hele-On Bus in Kailua-Kona on Feb. 23, 2011. 

He was the second inmate in a week to escape from the Hale Nani facility.

Police were still looking for Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar, who was serving a 10-year sentence for two counts of first-degree burglary when he left the  transitional facility for inmates nearing the end of their sentence on Aug. 14.

Jeffries-Hamar was reportedly seen  in Kainaliu and Kailua-Kona on Aug. 15, police said.

He is described as about 5 feet, 7 inches and 170 pounds, with blue eyes and short reddish-blond hair. He has a tattoo along his entire right arm. 

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