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12-27-16 Hilo attempted murder (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Phone: 961-2252
Report No. C16033660


Media Release (update)

Hawaiʻi Island police have located a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Hilo on Saturday morning (December 24).

At 7:45 p.m. Monday (December 26), 35-year-old Helani Kenui of Pāhoa turned himself in at the South Hilo police station. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. He is being held at the police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

At 12:25 p.m. Saturday, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the 100 block of Makaʻala Street, after receiving a report of a weapons incident.

Officers contacted a 27-year-old Hilo man, who reported that while in his car at a business on Makaʻala Street, an unknown man brandished a revolver and fired a shot into the driver’s side front window of his vehicle, which was also occupied by a 26-year-old man Hilo man. No one in the car was injured.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call the Police Department’s non emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or dean.uytetake@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 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.