Police Investigate Inmate Escape From Correctional Center

(Hilo, HI) -- Police on the Big Island are investigating a female inmate who apparently escaped a correctional facility in Hilo. Authorities say Mary Lolita Santos of Mountain View scaled a fence at the Hale Nani Correctional Facility near Route 11 around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. She then allegedly ran into Puna-bound traffic lanes and jumped into the passenger side window of a van. Officers were able to catch up with Santos and arrest her on second-degree escape charges.