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Police still searching for escapees who left prison guard injured

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 04:42 p.m. HST, Dec 05, 2012

Hawaii County police are looking for two inmates following a brazen escape from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo where a corrections officer was left seriously injured.

Shortly before 10 a.m., the two inmates overpowered and assaulted a corrections officer in the facility library, threatened the librarian, took her keys, forced their way out of the building, got into the librarian's car and drove off, said state Public Safety Director Ted Sakai.

They were identified as Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar and Jarvis Higa.

They were last seen in the Sunrise Ridge subdivision. Police are warning motorists to be wary of the two, who may be trying to hitchhike to the Kona side. 

Sakai said the two men are considered dangerous.

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

Both were barefoot and wearing gray sweatpants and white t-shirts, police said.

The librarian's vehicle was ditched at Sunrise Ridge, where they took off on foot, police said. They were last seen near Alahenui Street and Kaumana Drive.

The corrections officer was sent to Hilo Hospital with undisclosed "serious" injuries while counseling is being made available to the librarian, who sustained no physical injuries, Sakai said. The corrections officer's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Public safety officials are reviewing the escape and any security breaches that need to be fixed, he said.

There were traffic delays in the area of the Puainako Extension and Komohana Street in connection with the escapes.

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false wrote:
They escaped disguised as inmates.
on December 5,2012 | 11:27AM
ponowai wrote:
Can't do the time, don't do the crime. I'd like to hear more info. What was their crimes, sentences and how much more time they had.
on December 5,2012 | 11:48AM
Musubi wrote:
Higa is attempted murder and Hamar is burglary.
on December 5,2012 | 03:34PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Jeffried-Hamar doesn't look blond, he looks bald.
on December 5,2012 | 12:05PM
allie wrote:
Another escape? Who is in charge out here? Yikes
on December 5,2012 | 12:26PM
HD36 wrote:
Prisoners have been escaping from prisons ever since they were built from the begging of time genius.
on December 5,2012 | 01:40PM
RichardCory wrote:
Ah, yes, the "begging" of time.
on December 5,2012 | 05:49PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
RichardCory, don't be a smarty pants, it's unbecoming. You know what HD36 meant, it's just a typo on his or her part.
on December 5,2012 | 06:07PM
warriorsanddolphins wrote:
watch out for scum in the streets
on December 5,2012 | 12:34PM
Morimoto wrote:
The over/under line of when they'll be caught is 24 hours. Really unless you're facing some serious time I don't know why people escape from prison in Hawaii. Where you going to run too? When they get caught they'll probably (hopefully) get a few more years added to their sentence.
on December 5,2012 | 12:51PM
Mythman wrote:
whatever crimes they were involved in outside usually continue even when behind bars so this is probably like that. Aholes for sure. But the state tell us what they were behind bars for so we can make our own judgments about where they might be to watch our own backs. shame on the state.
on December 5,2012 | 12:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
They need to give these guys five more years when caught and add assault charges with consequent time for that also. And none of this parole for "good" behavior. Make them do the whole nine yards.
on December 5,2012 | 01:16PM
allie wrote:
on December 5,2012 | 01:39PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Man, those are some Fugly buggahz! Better bring in your pets...
on December 5,2012 | 01:32PM
localguy wrote:
Maybe we need a little "Farmer's Justice" Criminals in farming communities fail to realize farmers are armed and if caught on their land, breaking in to their homes, you get both barrels of a 12 gauge shot gun. Next day farmer takes the body out to one of his fields, digs down and deposits the "Fertilizer" into his soil. Then covers it up, later on plants crops, life goes on. Police notice criminals just tend to "Disappear" from the face of the earth. Naturally, they are buried under the surface. hehehehe
on December 5,2012 | 02:05PM
hvagd1 wrote:
Dumb n Dumber. I suppose they were headed to the border with another accomplice waiting for them to take them into Mexico.
on December 5,2012 | 03:10PM
Mikilai wrote:
hahahaha best comment on SA
on December 5,2012 | 03:24PM
mudslider wrote:
Hilarious! You're killing me! Lol!
on December 5,2012 | 09:32PM
builderguy wrote:
Really man where you gonna go on big island? Live in the lava?
on December 5,2012 | 03:28PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This is exactly why we need to move more inmates to Arizona where they can dine on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches three times a day. They have no Aloha and do not deserve the fine food, exercise equipment and TV entertainment Hawaii has to offer,
on December 5,2012 | 04:40PM
aomohoa wrote:
I hope they catch these scum and throw the book at them.
on December 5,2012 | 05:33PM
environmental_lady wrote:
I sure hope they don't come to my area and seize me as a hostage. I won't reveal where I live.
on December 5,2012 | 08:59PM
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