"Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted" 09-19-08

Hawaii Police Department
Office of the Chief
Lawrence K. Mahuna
Phone: 961-2244
September 19, 2008

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Nigrini mug shot
Ortiz Eriksson
Featured on "Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted"

Media Release

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program "Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted" features a Kona  man wanted for assaulting a police officer, a Puna man wanted for the sexual assault of a minor, and a missing 42-year-old Hilo man.

The new episode begins airing Friday, September 19.

In it, police ask for the public’s help in locating 51-year-old Michael David Negrini, who is wanted on six warrants, including two for assaulting a police officer.

Negrini is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-11, about 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in Captain Cook.

The television program also renews its request for the public’s help in locating 28-year-old Mauro Martin Ortiz, who is wanted for sexually assaulting a female minor on June 22 in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

On July 10, a grand jury indicted Ortiz for sexual assault and kidnapping. His bail was set at $1 million. He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-6, about 180 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Police caution the public not approach Ortiz but to call police if they know where he is.

 "Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted" also asks again for help in locating 42-year-old Willie Dennis Eriksson of Hilo, who was reported missing in November. Eriksson was last seen during the evening hours of November 7, 2007, at a general store in the Mountain View area of Puna. Detectives have not ruled out foul play in his disappearance.

Eriksson is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with blue eyes, short graying hair and a goatee. He is known to frequent the downtown Hilo area and to travel between Hilo and Kona.

The host of "Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted," Assistant Chief Henry Tavares, asks anyone with information about the wanted or missing persons to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo and 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers calls are kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

"Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted" is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, "America’s Most Wanted."

The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.

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