Puna inmate charged with 2013 escape

Former Big Island prison escapee Aaron Nobriga
Former Big Island prison escapee Aaron Nobriga

A 37-year-old Puna man has been charged with escape and other offenses after he failed to report to a correctional facility last year as required.

Aaron Nobriga of Mountain View was scheduled to report to Hale Nani on Nov. 4, after an extended work furlough, but he never appeared.

On the evening of May 17, an officer located him in a sports-utility vehicle in the Kukui Camp area. Nobriga fled from the officer, smashing into the officer’s car as he drove away.

Four days later, police located Nobriga in a stolen car in Mountain View. He was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

Nobriga was charged on May 22 with escape, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree criminal property damage and second-degree criminal property damage.

 

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