9-11-23 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Hilo Criminal Property Investigation

Hawai‘i Police Department
Hilo Patrol
Lieutenant Paul Kim
Phone: (808) 935-3311
Report No.: 23-087015

Media Release

Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance for information regarding a terroristic threatening and criminal property damage investigation after a Hilo man was arrested following an incident Monday morning in Hilo.

At approximately 8:00 a.m., on Monday, September 11, 2023, officers responded to a trespassing report regarding a male in a gray pickup truck in the parking of an apartment complex in the 100 block of Banyan Drive in Hilo.

Upon arrival, officers saw the truck parked and as they approached it, the driver, later identified as 33-year-old Gregory Douglas Kama of Hilo, started up the truck and accelerated out of the parking lot without warning.

The truck nearly struck an employee at the complex. It crashed into a wooden barrel, a maintenance vehicle, and two police vehicles. Officers and the employee were not injured.

The vehicle fled on Banyan Drive before entering the parking lot of a nearby hotel. The driver abandoned the truck and fled on foot before being located and arrested by officers.

The truck had been reported stolen from Kona on Monday, August 28, 2023. 

Kama was arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and three counts of second-degree criminal property damage. He is being held at the Hilo Cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue this investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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