Hawai’i Police Department
Administrative Services Section
Major Paul Kealoha
August 12, 2010
The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a man who escaped from police custody while he was being detained for a robbery investigation, a suspect in a credit card theft case, and a hit-and-run fatality from 2008.
The new episode begins airing Friday, August 13.
In it, police ask for the public’s help in locating 20-year-old Xanthin Berdon of Hawaiian Beaches. Berdon escaped from police custody in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision of Puna while he was being detained for his suspected role in the robbery of a 60-year-old Mountain View man on July 20. Berdon is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-9, about 135 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
The television program also asks for help in locating a suspect in a credit card theft case. In early May, the victim reported that someone was accessing her financial account at a Hilo bank and withdrawing funds without authorization. During the investigation, police recovered video surveillance depicting a woman approaching the ATM and using it to make the unauthorized withdrawals.
In this latest edition of “Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted,” the host, Officer Patrick Menino, also asks for help in a fatal hit-and-run investigation. On December 3, 2008, 43-year-old John Patrick Burns of Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos left a friend’s house and was walking with his dog on Hokulani Boulevard when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. Around 1 a.m. the next day, an area resident discovered the man’s body on the roadway. The dog also had been struck but survived.
Police ask that anyone with information about any of these cases call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.
“Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.”
The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.