Hawaii Police Department
Juvenile Aid Section
Acting Lieutenant John Ancheta
June 19, 2008
Report No. C08018556
Media Release (time of assault corrected)
Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a pickup truck who sexually assaulted a hitchhiker over the weekend.
The man was traveling Puna bound on Route 11 near the Keaau Ball Park in Puna on Saturday (June 14) between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. He picked up an adult female who was hitchhiking alone.
The driver turned off the highway onto a dirt road in the Kurtistown area, where he sexually assaulted the victim.
Her attacker is described as a heavy-set local male in his 30s, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10, between 200 and 280 pounds, with very short dark hair, dark skin, hazel eyes and a thick mustache.
The truck is described as an older-model faded pinkish-gray full-size four-wheel-drive pickup with large tires.
Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Officer B J Duarte at 961-2373 or the Police Department’s 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.
Police caution members of the public not to hitchhike or accept a ride from anyone they don’t know.