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11-1-17 Ocean View burglary (Photos)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū Patrol Division, Area II Officer Douglas Phillips Phone: (808) 939-2520 Report No. C17023621/KU Media Release (Photos) Hawaiʻi Police are asking for the public’s help in locating stolen items taken in a burglary from an Ocean View residence. The pictured items, a wooden bathtub and wall mounted heater were removed. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the stolen items to call Officer Douglas Phillips of the Kaʻū District at (808) 939-2520 or the police non-emergency telephone number at (808) 935-3311.

10-31-17 Stolen Flags investigation (Surveillance Image)

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Division. Area I Lieutenant Robert Almeida Phone (808) 961-2213 Report No. C17021271 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release (Surveillance Image) Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the two individuals shown in the surveillance image. They are wanted in the investigation of two stolen flags from the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Banyon Dr. in Hilo. The male in the gray shirt took the American Flag, and the male in the black shirt and black hat stole the Hawaiian Flag. Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311 or Lieutenant Robert Almeida at (808) 961-2213.

10-31-17 Puna shooting incident: Mahdi Hemmat (Update No. 1)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone:(808) 961-2252 Report No. C17030176 Media Release (Update No. 1) Hawaiʻi Island police have released a Puna man, pending further investigation in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on (October 29). On Sunday, (October 29), officers responded to a North Road residence in Mt. View for a report of a man who had been shot. The 24-year-old victim, who lives at the residence, was found in the yard with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was recovered at the scene. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center and later flown to Oʻahu in critical condition. At 2:45 p.m., 28-year-old Mahdi Hemmat, who also resides at that address, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation that has been classified as a second-degree attempted murder. Anyone who may have..

10-31-17 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of October 23, 2017, through October 29, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Three of the drivers was under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 960 DUI arrests compared with 906 during the same period last year, an increase of 6 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: DUI Arrests by District District Weekly Total Year to Date Hāmākua 0 9 North Hilo 0 3 South Hilo 1 200 Puna 4 233 Ka’ū 0 9 Kona 15 444 South Kohala 5 58 North Kohala 0 4 Island Total 25 960 There have been 1,129 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,172 during the same period last year, a decrease of 3.7 percent. To date, there were 26 fatal crashes (one of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 28 fatalities, compared with 2..

10-30-17 Four Kona men arrested and charged in robbery and assault investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area II Lieutenant Sherry D. Bird Phone: (808)326-4646 ext. 266 Report No. C17030055 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police arrested four men in connection with robbery and assault investigations. On (October 28), Kona Patrol officers received a report of a 33-year-old male who was assaulted by an unknown male individual near the intersection of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway. After being assaulted, the male victim fell onto the public roadway where he struck a moving vehicle, causing minor injuries. During this same time period, officers received a report of an affray which was occurring near an establishment in 74-5500 block of Pawai Place in the Old Kona Industrial area. As officers were responding to the affray, a 29-year-old male victim reported that while in the parking lot of a business establishment in the 75-5600 block of Kuakini Highway, four male suspects approached the ..

10-30-17 Puna man arrested for attempted murder: Mahdi Hemmat

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2252 Report No.: C17030176 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Puna man in connection with a shooting incident. Yesterday (October 29) at 2:23 p.m., officers responded to a North Road residence in Mt. View for a report of a man who had been shot. The 24-year-old victim, who lives at the residence, was found in the yard with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was recovered at the scene. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center and later flown to O’ahu in critical condition. At 2:45 p.m., 28-year-old Mahdi Hemmat, who also resides at that address, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation that has been classified as a second degree attempted murder. Anyone who may have any other information..

10-27-17 Man charged in auto-theft: Jeremy Rafael Jr.

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. C17029964 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police charged a 25-year-old man in connection with an auto theft. At 1:05 p.m., Wednesday, (October 25), officers responded to an ʻIwalani Street residence in Hilo for a report of a stolen Acura sedan. The investigation that followed indicated that the responsible party was Jeremy Rafael Jr., a man known to officers as one of the many suspected car thieves rounded up by the department’s auto theft task force a few months ago. The vehicle in question was later found abandoned on Railroad Avenue near the dead end. Rafael, who has no permanent address, was located early Thursday morning, (October 26), in the Keaukaha area and arrested. He was taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section’s Special Enforcement Unit continued the investigation...

10-27-17 Arrest made in stolen ATV investigation: Wade Baji Jr.

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area II Lieutenant Sherry D. Bird Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266 Report No. C17029777 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police arrested a Nāʻālehu man for several offenses following an investigation into a stolen all-terrain vehicle. On (October 19), Kaʻū Patrol officers responded to a report of a burglary in the Nāʻālehu area in which an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) was stolen. As officers continued their investigation, they learned the ATV was possibly located at a residence in the same area. On (October 25), officers located the ATV at a Nāʻālehu residence and also encountered 34-year-old Wade Baji Jr., who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for Criminal Contempt of Court. As officers attempted to take Baji into custody, he fled the immediate area on foot. As officers pursued Baji through the subdivision, and after a struggle with officers, Baji was taken into custody. Baji..

10-27-17 Hilo robbery (Surveillance Images)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hilo Patrol, Area I Lieutenant William Derr Phone: (809) 935-3311 Report No. C17029423 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release (Surveillance Images) Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery incident that occurred on, (October 21), in Hilo and is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect whose image was captured on video surveillance. At 12:45 p.m., officers responded to a retail store after a Loss Prevention Agent reported being assaulted by a male suspect who was attempting to leave the scene without paying for concealed items. The 25-year-old victim told police that the suspect punched him in the back left side head area causing redness and pain while attempting to apprehend the suspect for unpaid items. The suspect is described as a local male in his mid 20’s to early 30’s, between 5-feet-10-inches and 5-feet-11-inches, 180-200 pounds with short dark brown hair and medium complexion. His image has been capture..

10-27-17 Officer of the Month for October: Joseph Passmore

Hawai’i Police Department Office of the Chief Police Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Officer Joseph Passmore, (an 11-year police veteran), has been named as the Aloha Exchange Club’s October Officer of the Month. The award is based on the compassion and professional commitment he demonstrated in assisting a family who experienced a tragic house fire. On (September 9), Officer Passmore responded to a residential fire in a Volcano subdivision, and upon arrival, he observed a house completely engulfed in flames. He immediately approached to determine if anyone was still in residence and subsequently located two young children and a male adult in an ambulance nearby. He learned the children had escaped the fire uninjured. However, the father had been severely burned. He was rushed to the hospital and later flown to the Straub Burn Center on Oahu, where he succumbed to his injuries within the following weeks. Havin..

10-27-17 North Kona traffic fatality

Hawai‘i Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit Sergeant Bradley Freitas Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229 Report No. C17029908 Media Release A 61-year-old Kailua-Kona man was involved in a single-vehicle traffic casualty on Thursday afternoon, (October 26), in Keāhole, North Kona at the intersection of the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and the Keāhole Airport Road. He has been identified as James Sakai. Responding to a 3:52 p.m., call, police determined that a bicycle operated by Sakai had been traveling south on the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when it collided with a 2008 Dodge pickup truck operated by a 41-year-old Kapaau man, which had been traveling west on the Keāhole Airport Road after the truck had completed his left turn from the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway. Sakai sustained injuries from the collision and was subsequently transported to the Kona Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at 5:04 p.m., Thursday, (October 26). Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initia..

10-26-17 Wanted persons: Joshua Barros, Nathan C. Ahloo, Courtney L. Uchima

Hawaiʻi Police Department Captain Andrew S. Burian Hāmākua and North Hilo Districts, Area I Phone: (808) 775-7533 Report No. C17013543/C15022181/C17018951 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for the following Wanted individuals: Joshua Barros, 27-years-old, part Hawaiian, tan complexion, 6-feet, 200 pounds with brown eyes short brown hair. He is believed to frequent the Hilo and Kailua-Kona areas. He is wanted on several warrants and in connection with ongoing investigations. Nathan C. Ahloo, 38-years-old, part Hawaiian, tan complexion, 5-feet-11-inches, 212 pounds, brown eyes with black hair and a tattoo on his right hand, arms and back. He is believed to be in the Honokaʻa area. He is wanted for an arrest warrant and in connection with ongoing investigations. Courtney L. Uchima, 37-years-old, part Japanese, tan complexion, 5-feet, 127 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair with tattoos on both hands. She is wanted for questioni..

10-25-17 Coffee with a Cop

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Police Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island Police invite you to attend a “Coffee With A Cop” event, to be held (November 17), from 8:00 a.m., to 10:00 a.m., at Island Lava Java in the Waikoloa Village Shopping Center, located at 68-1845 Waikoloa Road. Get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Come talk story, ask questions, voice concerns and share a cup of coffee with one of your neighborhood officers. For questions or to get more information, contact South Kohala Community Police at (808) 887-3080.

10-25-17 Puna shooting and fire

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. C17029688 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a shooting incident and structure fire at a Puna residence Tuesday evening, (October 24). At 7:03 p.m., police and fire department personnel responded to a report of a house fire on Rainbow Drive in the Ainaloa Subdivision. The resident, a 35-year-old man, told police that when he returned home, an unidentified intruder inside the house shot at him before the suspect fled on foot. Shortly thereafter, the victim heard an explosion on the outside of the house that set the structure on fire. Fire department personnel extinguished the flames and determined that there were no casualties inside. No one was home at the time of the incident and Red Cross volunteers were at the scene to provide assistance. The male victim was not injured. The cause of the fire and events leading up to this incident remain und..

10-24-17 Arrest made in sexual assault investigation: Clifton Kua

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. C17029557 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with a sexual assault investigation. On Monday morning, (October 23), a juvenile female reported a sexual assault that occurred at a residence in the Puna District. On Monday afternoon, Clifton Kua of Mt. View, was arrested and was taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation. Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Jesse Kerr of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2377 or Jesse.Kerr@hawaiicounty.gov.

10-24-17 DUI Stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of October 16, 2017, through October 22, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 28 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eight of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 935 DUI arrests compared with 884 during the same period last year, an increase of 5.8 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: DUI Arrests by District District Weekly Total Year to Date Hāmākua 0 9 North Hilo 0 3 South Hilo 3 199 Puna 6 229 Ka’ū 1 9 Kona 15 429 South Kohala 3 53 North Kohala 0 4 Island Total 28 935 There have been 1,092 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,137 during the same period last year, a decrease of 4 percent. To date, there were 25 fatal crashes (one of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 27 fatalities, compared with 20 ..

10-23-17 Arrest made in counterfeit money investigation: Matthew Cummings

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area II Lieutenant Sherry D. Bird Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266 Report No. C17028411 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police arrested a Hōnaunau man following several counterfeit money investigations. On October 10), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a counterfeit $100 bill that had been passed the previous day at a business establishment in Honalo. Officers also responded to reports of a counterfeit $100 bill that had been passed during this same time frame at a business establishment in Captain Cook and four counterfeit $100 bills that had been passed at a business establishment in Kona. On (October 17), Kaʻū Patrol officers responded to a report of a counterfeit $100 bill that had been passed the previous evening at a business establishment in Ocean View. Officers also determined the same responsible individual had attempted to pass $100 bills at two other business e..

10-23-17 Palace Theater burglary

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Lieutenant Darren Horio Phone: (808) 961-2203 Report No. C17028766 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help for any witnesses or information relative to a burglary that occurred at the Palace Theater on (October 14). South Hilo Patrol Officers responded to an alarm at the theater at 5:09 a.m. and found one of the front doors slightly open and appeared as if had been kicked in. A donation box with an undetermined amount of money inside was taken from within the lobby. Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Officer Alric Dalere of the South Hilo Patrol at (808) 961-2203.

10-20-17 Keaau Storage burglary arrest: Marco Castro

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. C17029045 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 33-year-old Hilo man in connection with a burglary from a self-storage unit in Keaʻau. Tuesday morning, (October 17), officers responded to a self-storage facility in the Shipman Industrial Park after employees observed a man moving items from a storage unit that did not belong to him and place the items into a second unit. The suspect, who was recognized and confronted by employees, fled the area as officers responded. Police determined that the lock had been cut from the storage unit where the items were removed. The victim reported miscellaneous household items and tools were stolen and valued more than $9,000. Police secured the scene while detectives with the criminal investigation section continued the investigation. On (October 18), detectives execu..

10-20-17 Concealed firearm arrest: Eric Wilson, Jr.

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigation Section, Area I Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. C17029110 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 20-year-old Puna man who was caught with a concealed firearm. At 12:52 a.m., Wednesday morning, (October 18), while on routine patrol, an officer encountered a group of people at the Wailoa Boat Ramp on Manono Street. The officer recognized one of the men in the group who was acting suspiciously. He was aware that this individual had been known to carry firearms. During his encounter with the male party, the officer recovered a revolver tucked in the man’s waistband. At 12:53 a.m., the suspect, Eric Wilson Jr., was arrested for having a firearm on him and taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the criminal investigation section continued the investigation. Thursday afternoon (October 19), police charged Wilson with the firearm offenses classified..