Hawaii Police Department
Office of the Chief
Lawrence K. Mahuna
August 29, 2008
The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” features a Paradise Park man wanted for the sexual assault of a minor and a Ka’u man wanted for several warrants.
The new episode begins airing Friday, August 29.
In it, police renew their request for the public’s help in locating 28-year-old Mauro Martin Ortiz, who is wanted for sexually assaulting a female minor on June 22 in Hawaiian Paradise Park. On July 10, a grand jury indicted Ortiz on seven counts of first-degree sexual assault, five counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of kidnapping. His bail was set at $1 million.
Ortiz is still at large. He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-6, about 180 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Police caution the public not approach Ortiz but to call police if they know where he is.
“Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” also seeks help in finding 31-year-old Luke Ault of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Ault is wanted for several warrants, including violating terms of his release on bail. He is described as 5-foot-8, 180 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
The host of “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted,” Assistant Chief Henry Tavares, asks anyone with information about the wanted men to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo and 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers calls are kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.
The program, which was prerecorded, also asks for the public’s help in locating 23-year-old Nivan Agres, who was wanted on outstanding bench warrants for negligent homicide and contempt of court. Agres turned himself in on August 21 and is no longer wanted.
“Hawaii 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.