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Puna attempted murder (update) 11-27-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory M. Esteban
Phone: 961-2252
November 27, 2010
Report No. C10032778

Image: Arakaki mug shot Kainoa Arakaki
…charged with attempted murder and other offenses

Media Release (update)

Big Island police have charged a 30-year-old Kurtistown man with attempted murder and other offenses.

At 4:30 p.m. Saturday (November 27) detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Kainoa Arakaki with attempted murder, second-degree assault, three counts of third-degree assault, three counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and two counts of first-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $71,000. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance.

Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, officers from the Puna District responded to a report of a disturbance on Huina Road in Kurtistown. Responding officers observed a late-model Toyota truck with extensive damage disabled on the roadway with its driver, a 60-year-old Kea’au man pinned inside.

Police saw another late-model Toyota truck leaving the scene. They stopped the driver, Arakaki, a short distance away and took him into custody.

Fire Department rescue personnel extricated the pinned victim from the truck and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Arakaki was also taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained prior to the crash. He was then released into police custody.