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Attempted sexual assault (update) 04-10-08

Hawaii Police Department
Juvenile Aid Section, Area II
Lieutenant Glenn Uehana
Phone:326-4646, Ext. 230
April 10, 2008
Report No. C08001894

Media Release (update)

Big Island police have arrested a 47-year-old man they had been seeking in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Kona on January 18. 

Jose Zepeda Anguiano was arrested Wednesday evening (April 9) at Keahole-Kona International Airport. He is being held without charges at the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation.

A week ago, police asked for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man who was then identified only as "Jose."

Tips from the public led police to Zepeda Anguiano’s workplace but police were unable to make contact with him. They later received information that the man was about to flee the island. Police provided that information to officials at the Kona airport.

Security personnel at the airport detained Zepeda Anguiano at 9 p.m. Wednesday as he was about to depart on a flight to California. Patrol officers formally arrested him at 10:30 p.m.

The adult female victim reported that she had been driven to an undisclosed area along Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11), where the attempted assault took place. After the attempted assault, the suspect was last seen driving a white 1991 Toyota Privia passenger van bearing license plate HRA209.

Detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section are continuing the investigation.

"We thank the public for its response to our request for help in this case," said Acting Detective Walter Ah Mow. "It is our partnership with the community that makes us most effective in serving the public."

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