Big Island Arrest Man for Attempted Burglary in Pepe’ekeo

Big Island police have arrested and charged a former Pepeʻekeo man for an attempted burglary Monday morning (August 13) in Pepeʻekeo.

At about 7:40 a.m. Monday, a Pepeʻekeo resident called police after observing a man attempting to force open a window at his neighbor’s house. The suspect fled the area after seeing that he was being watched.

The owner of the house, a 60-year-old Pepeʻekeo man, verified that an attempt had been made to enter his home while he was away.

Ralph Curtis Riveira

At about 12:20 p.m., police arrested 54-year-old Ralph Curtis Riveira, who has no permanent address, in the Pepeʻekeo area. He was held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (August 14), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Riveira with one count of attempted first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $25,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance this afternoon.

Police ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities contact either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. by phone at 961-2384 or by email at or Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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