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Two Inmates Escape From Hale Nani

September 5, 2013, 8:54 AM HST
* Updated September 5, 8:55 AM
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Police said two inmates escaped Wednesday night from the Hale Nani Correctional Facility.

Robert Garcia, 23, and Andrew Wanat, 27, were last seen between 8 and 9 a.m.

The men were discovered missing during a head count taken at about 10:30 p.m.

Garcia was described as African-American, 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds. He has short black hair, brown eyes and a mustache and goatee.

When last seen, Garcia was wearing a white shirt with HCCC lettering (Hawaii Community Correctional Center) and blue HCCC shorts.

Garcia had been committed to the facility in August for violating terms of probation and was scheduled for release on Oct. 2.

Wanat is Caucasian, 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, with a shaved head, brown eyes and a mustache and goatee. He also was wearing a white HCCC shirt and blue HCCC shorts.

Wanat was committed to Hale Nani July 22 for three counts of violating probation and was scheduled for release in January.

Hale Nani is minimum-security facility in the Panaewa area of Hilo which provides an offender reintegration and provides work-release programs for sentenced inmates who will be released on the island of Hawaii.

Police said anyone with information on the escapees is asked to call the department at 935-3311.

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