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Heightened security at Big Island banks following inmate escape

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Left to Right: Ryan James Jeffried-Hamar, a.k.a. Ryan James Hamar & Jarvis Naoki Higa Left to Right: Ryan James Jeffried-Hamar, a.k.a. Ryan James Hamar & Jarvis Naoki Higa
HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii County Police have received information that two inmates who escaped from Hawaii Community Correctional Center on Wednesday intend to rob a bank.

Police recommend heightened security measures at financial institutions.

The first suspect is identified as 35-year-old Jarvis Naoki Higa. He is described as Japanese, about 5-foot-6 tall, about 160 pounds with short black hair and tattoos on his chest. Higa is considered dangerous and may be armed. He was being held at the facility awaiting trial for an attempted murder charge, in which he allegedly shot at a 34-year-old Hilo man in July of this year.

The second suspect is identified as 31-year-old Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar. He is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 170 pounds, with blue eyes and short reddish-brown hair. Jeffries-Hamar was serving his sentence at the facility for a parole violation and was also awaiting trial for a previous escape from the Hale Nani facility in August of this year. He is considered dangerous.

Police urge the public to call 911 if they see either man.

Wednesday morning (December 5) shortly before 10 a.m., police received a report from correctional officers that the two suspects had assaulted another correctional officer before threatening a civilian worker and stealing her vehicle. Correctional officers attempted to follow the escapees in the stolen vehicle but lost sight of them. Information was obtained from a resident in the area of Kûkûau Street and the Mohouli extension that the vehicle was last seen heading up Kukuau Street. The vehicle was found abandoned at the end of the street.

The 63-year-old correctional officer was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. The 49-year-old civilian employee was uninjured.

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