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Police locate a Hilo man wanted for bail jumping

UPDATED (3/26/17)

Big Island police have located a 22-year-old Hilo man initially wanted for bail jumping. Austin Juanito Fernandez was last seen leaving the Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center on Thursday (March 23) at about 8 a.m. He failed to return to the correctional center later that day at 1 p.m. as ordered by the court.

Early Sunday morning (March 24) just after 4 a.m., Hilo patrol officers found Fernandez on the side of the road fronting a residence on Ahuna Road. He was taken into custody without incident.

Just before noon, he was charged with revocation of supervised release under the strength of a recently issued bench warrant. He is being held without bail at the Hilo cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (March 28).

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Austin Juanito Fernandez

Austin Juanito Fernandez

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 22-year-old Hilo man who is wanted for Bail Jumping. Austin Juanito Fernandez was last seen leaving the Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center on Thursday (March 23) at about 8 a.m. He failed to return to the correctional center at 1 p.m. as ordered.

He is described as a Hispanic male, 5-foot-7, 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tear drop tattoo on his face next to his right eye, and a tattoo of the word “MOB” on his right forearm.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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