Officers of the Month: Miyose and Drummondo 12-11-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Chief Harry S. Kubojiri
Phone: 961-2244

 

 

Media Release

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi on Thursday (December 11) recognized Bryson Miyose as “Officer of the Month” for November and Kaeo Drummondo as “Officer of the Month” for December.

Miyose, who is assigned to the Puna District, was recognized for chasing down two suspects after a report of a burglary in progress. Drummondo, a South Hilo Patrol officer, was recognized for his response to a vehicle break-in that turned into a robbery.

On November 12, Miyose responded to a report that a man and woman were trying to break into the home of an elderly woman and trying to steal her car. As officers converged on the scene, they learned that the intruders had fled.

Miyose anticipated their path of escape and located the pair running through the brush near the street below the victim’s house. The man was carrying a can of gasoline.

Miyose began a foot pursuit of the man, keeping his fellow officers informed of his location by portable radio. After chasing the man over a fence, he caught up with him two blocks away from the victim’s home. When it was clear that the suspect was unable to outrun the police, he stopped, turned toward Officer Miyose, and then suddenly doused himself with gasoline and began reaching into his pockets. Disregarding his own safety,  Miyose took immediate action and secured the suspect, who was found to have a knife in his pocket. A backup officer took control of the male suspect, while Officer Miyose doubled back and located the female suspect in bushes a block away.

Both were arrested. The man was later charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, attempted burglary of a dwelling during an emergency declaration, and an unrelated outstanding warrant. The woman was released pending further investigation.

Officer Drummondo’s award stemmed from an incident on November 20, when an unknown man was discovered breaking into a truck and trying to hotwire it. The owner struggled with the suspect, who overpowered her and fled the area.

Drummondo made thorough checks of the area, including at nearby businesses. As a result, he learned that a man matching the suspect’s description had rushed into a store and asked to use the telephone. Drummondo’s investigation led to the phone number the suspect called, the identity of the suspect, and identification of his location. In addition Drummondo recovered critical DNA evidence from the store, as well as surveillance video of the suspect.

Drummondo coordinated with other officers and they arrested the suspect, who was a wanted felon who had violated parole. He was arrested for parole revocation and for an unrelated burglary and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, in addition to three felonies from the attempted car theft.

As “Officer of the Month,” both Miyose and Drummondo are eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.


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