Police seek information in apparent assault 12-16-03

PHONE: 961-2252
DECEMBER 16, 2003


Police are seeking the public’s help in solving the apparent assault of a 61-year-old man last month in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision of Puna.

The victim, identified as James Oliva, of Mountain View, Puna, was taken to the Hilo Medical Center and then flown to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where he was confined in critical condition. He was later transferred to the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific in Honolulu, where he is reported in stable condition.

On November 24, 2003, Puna patrol officers responding to a call found Oliva on Road 6 in the subdivision. The victim had numerous injuries to his head and body. Officers found remnants of nylon twine tied around his wrists and legs that had apparently been used to bind him.

Anyone with information about the assault or circumstances that led up to it is asked to call Detective Richard Sherlock of the East Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2379 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain 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 phone calls.

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