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Second Hale Nani escapee captured

Police have captured the second escapee who walked away from Hale Nani Correctional Facility on Sept. 4.

At 10:25 a.m. Thursday, acting on a tip, police arrested 23-year-old Robert Carlos Garcia for second-degree escape at a home on Ohai Street in Hilo.

Garcia attempted to flee from police but was captured following a brief foot pursuit.

At 4:17 p.m., after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Garcia with escape, and his bail was set at $10,000. He was also arrested for a drug offense but was released without charges on that offense.

Authorities say Garcia and 27-year-old Andrew Marshall Wanat of Kona escaped Sept. 4 from the minimum-security facility, which reintegrates inmates with little time left on their sentences back into the community.

Wanat was arrested on Sept. 6 in Kona and charged with escape.


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