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Police search for Big Island escapees

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:14 p.m. HST, Sep 05, 2013


Hawaii County police are looking for two men who escaped from the Hale Nani minimum security facility in Hilo Wednesday night.

Inmates Robert Garcia, 23, and Andrew Wanat, 28, were not present for the official count at 10:30 p.m. The men were last seen between 8 and 9 p.m.

Garcia is 5 feet 7 inches and weighs 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. He was committed to the facility for parole violation and was to be released in October.

Wanat is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 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. He was committed to the facility for parole violations and was not eligible for release until January.

Wanat was arrested and charged in 2011 with first degree attempted robbery and second-degree assault in connection with a shooting in the parking lot of a business on Kuakini Highway.

Police said Wanant shot a 54-year-old Kailua-Kona man with a pellet gun on July 1, 2011 after the man gave chase when Wanat tried to steal the victim's wallet.

Court records show he agreed to plead guilty to a theft charge and was sent to Drug Court, where he violated the conditions of his release.

A judge issued a bench warrant for Wanat in January after he failed to appear in court and he was rearrested on Jan. 29.

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. 

Big Island 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

Hale Nani off Route 11 is a minimum security facility. It provides an offender reintegration and a work release program for sentenced inmates who will be released on the island of Hawaii.






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allie wrote:
Big Island is just so inept. What is it with prisoners just wandering away? Geesh
on September 5,2013 | 07:58AM
serious wrote:
allie, true, but look at the big picture. How many convicts walk or run away from captivity---how many prisoners commit suicide--how many correction officers get sick on Super Bowl Sunday and New Years eve??? This prison system needs help as much as the Hawaiian leased lands. We need adult supervision!!!!
on September 5,2013 | 08:06AM
1local wrote:
the prison system in hawaii is a waste of tax payer money - the system is a way to fund union jobs. ship all prisoners to the mainland or even China - lower cost to taxpayers - they can rehab elsewhere...
on September 5,2013 | 10:42AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
China will take them Cheap..bet they will never go to prison again..lol
on September 5,2013 | 12:07PM
Slow wrote:
Yikes. Geesh. Couldn't have said it any better, except on a bathroom wall.
on September 5,2013 | 08:44AM
cojef wrote:
The pictures of the escapees speaks a thousand word, all losers. Just imagine, one was eligible for release in a month and the other in January. Guess the prison environment is not what its cracked up to be with HD, big screen TV, 3 squares, recreational period, living quarters, and best of all, fellow inmates of dubious characters.
on September 5,2013 | 08:50AM
ryan02 wrote:
More and more trash being imported from the mainland. The stereotype on the mainland is that locals in Hawaii are all on drugs, but many of the druggies here are losers from the mainland who seek out Hawaii's isolation and liberal benefits. We need to start sending them back to mainland prisons.
on September 5,2013 | 09:05AM
808warriorfan wrote:
What a lolo....."scheduled to be released in October" and now that's not going to happen. How far does he think he'll get ?????
on September 5,2013 | 09:26AM
808comp wrote:
Got to agree. Now what? Additional 5 years maybe. Maybe these guys do it cause they know they not going to make it once they get out so they rather stay inside. Don't want guys like this running around loose on the Big Island.
on September 5,2013 | 11:13AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
But there not dangerous according to the article...lol amazing
on September 5,2013 | 12:09PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
An extra 5 years..not too smart..lol
on September 5,2013 | 12:08PM
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