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Puna shooting (update) 04-10-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Phone: 961-2252
Report No. C11027621

Media Release

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for questioning in connection with an apparent shooting last year that injured a Puna man.

On October 22, a 36-year-old Keaʻau man sustained a head wound when an occupant of a teal sedan reportedly shot at him while the victim was driving on Route 130 in the area of the Ainaloa subdivision. Following the incident, the sedan and its several male occupants left the scene.

Fire Department personnel took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for his injury and released.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section have identified a person of interest as 22-year-old Misinale Kalavi Jr. of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna. He is described as 6-foot-1, 280 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He is known to frequent the Puna and Kona areas.

Police warn members of the public not approach him but instead to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Robert Almeida by phone at 961-2386 or by email at ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.