Big Island banks on alert for possible robbery by escapees

Higa, Jeffries-Hamar still on the run

 UPDATED 1:45 PM HST Dec 06, 2012
HILO, Hawaii -

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 about 5-feet-6-inches-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  about 5-feet-7-inches-tall, 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.

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