Police Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect 01/27/00

ONE AT LARGE, ONE IN CUSTODY — Big Island police have arrested one of two suspects wanted for shooting at a Traffic Enforcement Unit officer on Sunday (January 23, 2000). Ronald Kimo Barawis Jr., left is still at large. His cousin, Pedro Hanalei Barawis-Haili, was arrested Thursday in Kealakekua, Kona.

PHONE: 326-4203
JANUARY 27, 2000


Kona police Thursday (January 27, 2000) arrested one of the suspects being sought in an attempted murder case in which a Traffic Enforcement Unit officer was shot at on the previous Sunday.

Acting on a tip at 2:05 p.m., officers arrested Pedro Hanalei Barawis-Haili, 20, of Kona, in the parking lot of the state courthouse in Kealakekua. Barawis-Haili is now being held at the Kealakehe police station. He had been scheduled to stand trial at 2 p.m. Thursday in a separate case on charges of promoting a detrimental drug.

The suspect’s cousin, Ronald Kimo Barawis Jr., 22, is still at large and is being sought for attempted murder.

Police said Barawis may be armed and should be considered dangerous. They are warning Big Island residents not to apprehend or approach the suspect, but to call the police immediately. Police have not recovered the firearm used in the shooting.

Ronald Barawis is described as being 5-feet-9 in height, weighing about 130 pounds and having brown hair and brown eyes. He also has tattoos on his abdomen, left finger and left hand.

Sunday’s shooting incident started about 9:15 p.m. when the officer attempted to stop a 1985 silver Nissan 300 ZX two-door sedan for a traffic violation in the Milolii area of South Kona on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11). The occupants refused to stop and began speeding away. The officer pursued the vehicle into the isolated HOVE subdivision in Ka’u when the passenger in the vehicle pointed a firearm at the officer and fired. The officer was not injured, but his vehicle was damaged by gunfire.

Police recovered the car the following day.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronald Barawis is asked to call Detective Guy Kaniho of the Kona Criminal Investigation Section at 326-4232.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona and 961-8300 in Hilo. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Anonymous callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record the phone calls.

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