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Puna attempted murder 11-27-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory M. Esteban
Phone: 961-2252
November 27, 2010
Report No. C10032778

Media Release

Big Island police arrested a 30-year-old Kurtistown man Friday (November 26) for attempted murder.

Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, officers from the Puna District responded to a report of a disturbance on Huina Road in Kurtistown. Responding officers observed a late-model Toyota truck with extensive damage disabled on the roadway with its driver, a 60-year-old Kea’au man pinned inside.

Police saw another late-model Toyota truck leaving the scene. They stopped the driver a short distance away and took him into custody.

Fire Department rescue personnel extricated the pinned victim from the truck and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

The suspect, Kainoa Arakaki, was also taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained prior to the crash. He was released into police custody.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation and ask that anyone who witnessed the incident call detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.