Police Seek Attempted Murder Suspects 01/26/00

WANTED — Ronald Kimo Barawis Jr., left, and Pedro Hanalei Barawis-Haili are being sought for attempted murder after one of the suspects fired at a police officer. Police said the two men may be armed and should be considered dangerous.

PHONE: 326-4203
JANUARY 26, 2000


Big Island police have identified two suspects in an attempted murder case in which a Traffic Enforcement Unit officer was shot at Sunday (January 23, 2000) in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

The two are Ronald Kimo Barawis Jr., 22, and Pedro Hanalei Barawis-Haili, 20. Police said the two suspects, both of Kona, are cousins.

Police said the suspects may be armed and should be considered dangerous and are warning Big Island residents not to apprehend or approach the two, but to call the police immediately. Police have not recovered the firearm used in the shooting.

Ronald Barawis is described as being 5-feet-9 in height, weighing about 130 pounds and having brown hair and brown eyes. He also has tattoos on his abdomen, left finger and left hand.

Pedro Barawis-Haili is described as being 5-feet-11, weighing about 150 pounds and having brown hair and brown eyes. He also has scars on his right elbow and shoulder, in the web of his left hand and on his left eyebrow. He is known to use the names Pedro Hanalei Barawis Jr., Pedro Hanalei Haili-Barawis Jr. and Pedro Hanalei Haili.

Sunday’s shooting incident started about 9:15 p.m. when the officer attempted to stop a 1985 silver Nissan 300 ZX two-door sedan for a traffic violation in the Milolii area of South Kona on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 11). The car refused to stop and began speeding away. The officer pursued the vehicle into the isolated HOVE subdivision in Ka’u when the passenger of the vehicle pointed a firearm at the officer and fired. The officer was not injured, but his vehicle was damaged by gunfire.

Police recovered the car the following day.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either suspect is asked to call Detective Guy Kaniho of the Kona Criminal Investigation Section at 326-4232.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona and 961-8300 in Hilo. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Anonymous callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record the phone calls.

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