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Puna suspect arrested in 2002 shooting 06-10-04
HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST HAWAII CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION
CAPTAIN SAMUEL THOMAS
JUNE 10, 2004
Big Island police have arrested a 48-year-old Puna man for attempted murder in a shooting that took place nearly two and a half years ago.
The suspect was identified as Melody Ancheta, also known as “Lando,” of a Hawaiian Beaches residence. He was being held Thursday (June 10, 2004) in the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation.
After East Hawaii Criminal Investigation detectives developed new leads in the shooting, Puna patrol officers arrested Ancheta at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday.
About 4 p.m., East Hawaii CIS detectives also executed a search warrant on a Hawaiian Beaches residence and recovered a .357-caliber handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.
On January 7, 2002, the male victim was driving a sedan on the Keaau-Pahoa Road (Route 130) near the 16.5-mile marker in the Kapoho area when it was overtaken by a van. As the van pulled alongside of the sedan, its driver shot at the driver of the sedan.
The victim, 45, at the time, was shot once in the left arm, and a second shot grazed his chest.
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