Police apprehend Wanat, one of two Hale Nani escapees
Big Island police found Andrew Wanat just before noon today in Kailua-Kona.
Hawaii Police Department Kona Patrol Capt. Randy Ishii said Wanat, 27, was arrested at 11:50 a.m. in the Kailua-Kona area. He was arrested on suspicion of escape and is being held at the Kona police cellblock, he said.
Police are still looking for Robert C. Garcia. Garcia, 23, is described as being African American, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 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.
Police ask the public to call 9-1-1 if he is seen.
Wanat and Robert Garcia, who are both part of Hale Nani’s reintegration program, were not present for a 10:30 p.m. Wednesday headcount at the minimum security facility’s housing unit, said state Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz early Thursday.