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Prison escapee arrested in Makiki

A prison escapee on the loose since March 5 was arrested in Makiki Thursday night, and he is additionally being looked at as a suspect in a kidnapping and robbery.

Isaac Ariola, 27, was arrested at 1654 Liholiho St. about 7:25 p.m. Thursday.

Police said that on March 5, Ariola left the Laumaka Work Furlough facility by bus to go to his workplace in Kaneohe but failed to return as scheduled later that night. A CrimeStoppers alert was put on asking the public’s help locating him.

Ariola is also being investigated for second-degree robbery and kidnapping involving a woman while during his time on the loose, said Honolulu police Sgt. Kim Buffett. Additional details were not immediately available, Buffett said.

At the same time Ariola was arrested Thursday, a 20-year-old Aiea woman was arrested for hindering prosecution for helping a prison escapee remain at large. The woman is not the same person who was the victim of the kidnapping and robbery, Buffett said.

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