‘Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted’ 12-04-09

Hawai’i Police Department
Administrative Services
Major Paul Kealoha
Phone: 961-2247
December 4, 2009

Media Release

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a violent sexual assault that took place after Halloween festivities, a person who used a credit card that was stolen in a home invasion robbery at the Volcano Golf Course subdivision, and a man who robbed a Waimea pharmacy. The new episode begins airing Friday, December 4.

In it, police ask for the public’s help in locating four men who assaulted a female adult who was sitting on the roadside embankment near a pickup truck in the early hours of November 1 just after Halloween. The truck was parked on the makai shoulder of Kuakini Highway south of the Coconut Grove complex and across the street from the entrance to the Kamaina Hale Apartments. Her assailants are described as stocky, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6, with dark complexions and short buzzed-style hair. One of them was wearing a light T-shirt with what looked like an Asian design or a character running from the side to the torso.

The television program also asks for the public’s help in locating a person who used a credit card that was stolen in a home invasion robbery at the Volcano Golf Course subdivision on November 9. A 77-year-old man reported that two or three males in their teens to early 20s overpowered him at his Pukeawe Circle home and demanded money. They physically beat him, bound him and then left the home with an undisclosed amount of cash and other personal belongings, including a credit card. The credit card was later used at an ATM machine.

The suspects wore masks, but were described as being possibly Caucasian and in their teens to early 20s. One was further described as being approximately 6-feet tall and 200 pounds with a slightly slim build.

In this edition of “Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted,” the host, Sergeant Melvin Yamamoto, also asks for help in locating a man who robbed a Waimea pharmacy on November 9. The unidentified man armed with a handgun entered the pharmacy off Kawaihae Road wearing camouflage clothing. He demanded Fentanyl and Oxycontin and then fled the area on foot carrying a camouflage backpack. He headed south into an area known as Waimea Nature Park. No injuries were reported.

He is described as tan, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10 with a slim-to-medium build and a heavy pidgin accent.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these wanted persons 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 information is 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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