Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Report No. C12002670
Media Release (update No. 3)
Police have charged a 48-year-old Mountain View man in connection to a murder that occurred earlier this year in Puna.
At 5 p.m. Friday afternoon (October 5), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I, Criminal Investigations Section charged Walter Boyd Bremmer with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony. He was held without bail in the police cellblock and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Monday ( October 8).
On January 28, the body of 52-year-old Robert John Leong was found at a residence in the Eden Roc Subdivision. An autopsy determined that the victim died from a combination of ligature strangulation and a brain injury from a gunshot wound.
Police continue to ask that anyone with information on this investigation to contact Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email@example.com. Callers may also dial the police non emergency line at 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.