Inmate Escapes From Hilo Facility 06/08/00

PHONE: 961-2311
JUNE 8, 2000


An inmate escaped Wednesday (June 7, 2000) from the Hale Nani correctional facility in Hilo.

At 11:58 p.m., personnel from the State Department of Public Safety reported that Kawika Taihaa Anderson, 20, failed to return from a work release program at 3:30 p.m.

Anderson is described as being of Hawaiian descent, being 5-feet-6 in height, weighing about 180 pounds with a medium build, having a tan complexion and having a thin mustache, short brown hair and brown eyes. He was also described as having numerous tattoos.

It was unknown what he was wearing when he escaped from the light security facility.

Anyone with information about Anderson’s whereabouts is asked to call the police emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record phone calls.

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