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Big Island Police Open Investigation Stemming from Attempted Murder Incident in Puna Last Night

Hawaiʻi Island police have opened an attempted murder investigation stemming from an incident Thursday night (December 19) in Puna.

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At 4:42 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a call of a disturbance at a home off Auliʻi Street in Keaʻau.

Upon arrival, police encountered a 58-year-old man who was brandishing two edged weapons and was also wanted by police for a separate assault incident that occurred the previous day. The suspect refused to comply with several verbal commands given by police and allegedly threw one of the weapons at one of the officers, who managed to avoid being struck.

At 5:20 p.m., Joseph Feliciano was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He is being held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Neither officer sustained injuries during the incident. One officer, age 41, is a seven-year veteran of the department. The other, age 26, has been with the department for nearly three years.

 

Puna Man Charged with Attempted Murder Following Spear Gun Incident

After conferring with prosecutors, Hawaiʻi Police Department detectives have charged a 49-year-old Puna man for shooting a spear gun at a 20 year old Puna man in the Leilani Estates Subdivision the night of June 25, 2013.

George Robert Curnutt

George Robert Curnutt

George Robert Curnutt of Leilani Estates was charged at 6:45 p.m. Thursday (June 27) with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, he is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $500,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

Big Island Police Charge 31-Year-Old Keaka D. Martin for Attempted Murder and Other Offenses

Hawai’i Police have charged 31-year-old Keaka D. Martin of Hilo in connection with a shooting Wednesday evening (January 2, 2013) that injured two officers.

Keaka D. Martin

Keaka D. Martin

Martin was charged at 4:15 p.m. with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree reckless endangering, place to keep a firearm, possessing a loaded firearm on a highway, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, ownership/possession of a firearm prohibited, and altering the identification markings on a firearm.

He remains in police custody with no bail and is confined to the Hilo Medical Center in critical condition from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Both officers remain at Hilo Medical Center in stable condition.

Video courtesy of Big Island Video News:

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Rapper J-Diggs Arrested and Charged with Assault and Attempted Murder After Bar Fight in Waikiki

J-Diggs has broken his silence about his weekend arrest in Oahu, Hawaii, revealing he and his associates were just trying to defend themselves from burly locals.

The Thizz Entertainment president, real name Jamal Diggs, and three members of his entourage were arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder after allegedly attacking security men outside the Big Kahuna bar in Waikiki.

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In a statement obtained by WENN, he writes, “Me and 3 of my entourage got kicked out of BIG KAHUNA bar and grill. The security punched one of my dudes in the Jaw as the police were pulling up, so we went across the street and posted on the strip.

“Four large island security guards came across the street demanding us to get off the strip and that’s when it turned into an all-out brawl on Waikiki beach… I was charged with slapping and beating a 6 foot 4, 320 pound security (guard) and his friend with a board… Another dude’s throat is cut… And three out of the four went to the hospital with major head back and neck wound…

Full Article here:  Rap Mogul Speaks Out After Weekend Assault In Hawaii

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Most notably known as the youngest American Gangsta on BET’s notorious series, Thizz Entertainment President J-Diggs and three members of his entourage were arrested over the weekend and charged with assault and attempted murder on security personnel, after they were thrown out of a Big Kahuna bar & grill on the island of Waikiki. Although witness testimony confirms the rapper and crew were acting in self-defense, they were the only ones arrested. The rapper, who was recently released after posting his $150,000 bail, claims they are being railroaded because they are not from the islands and were only protecting themselves from the over sized, overzealous security guards.

In the following statement he explains the incident; “Me and 3 of my entourage got kicked out of BIG KAHUNA bar and grill. The security punched of my dudes in the Jaw as the police were pulling up, so we went across the street and posted on the strip. Four large island security guards came across the street demanding us to get off the strip and that’s when it turned into an all-out brawl on Waikiki beach… I was charged with slapping and beating a 6 foot 4 320 pound security and his friend with a board… Another dude throat is cut… And three out of the four wet to the hospital with major head back and neck wounds. The dudes wrote statements against us and we were all charged”.

Still waiting to bail out a member of his entourage who has a hold on his bail, Diggs has a court date today to see if/when he will be allowed to leave the island. The rapper was in Hawaii preparing for the release of his album titled “Izm 101 with Philthy Rich” as well as filming a pilot for his reality TV show detailing behind the lives of Diggs and the Dirty girls, and shooting footage for his DVD DIGGS DOIT MOVING

I had to check out his tweets from the night that things broke out until now and here is his twitter feed:

Goodby Hawaii… See us Sundaynight… I’LL B BACK (terminator voice @ Honolulu International Airport (HNL) http://instagr.am/p/Pj_gw_Q-3-/ 

Packed up and headed to the airport… BAYAREA here I come… @ Secret Location Waikiki http://instagr.am/p/Pj8-4tQ-2R/ 

15h j diggs j diggs@jdiggsthizz

I’m hard at word in Hawaii @ Vibe Asylum Studios http://instagr.am/p/PivDvfQ-3h/ 

Sittin on the Rock blowin a BACKWOOD watchin the Dolphins Play… Laterally @ Dolphin Quest http://instagr.am/p/PiK7neQ-9D/ 

Just bailed my nigga out… We goin swimmin wit the Dolphins gotdamit

Smokin the Best Weed in the World and the flyest hotel in Hawaii @ Kahala Hotel and Resort http://instagr.am/p/PiG-OGw-6D/ 

This where I go to swim wit the Dolphins.. Me and @smurflucci @ Kahala Hotel and Resort http://instagr.am/p/PiGt7rw-51/ 

RT @LAtotheBay @jdiggsthizz you still gonn make it to Anderson after laying down some cutthroat shit on dem giants pimp? #CCC ..FASHO

Nd thats Real ! Just Wait Till We Get Our Stuff 2gether We Really Fina Do This ! #FightingCases #TeamDiggs @jdiggsthizz pic.twitter.com/c6H6rflt

Got to give a S/O to the people that’s by my side no matter what Diggs go thru..u know who u are, and trust me when I say I Reconize

@jdiggsthizz Anytime, Promises, I just want you >>>>> can relate to them like THAT #thankyou

Make no mistake about it I’ll b at my show Friday in Fairfax http://img.ly/ngis  And back in Hawaii for court Monday..

This is what a Hawaiian Mc Donald’s breakfast menu look like.. @ McDonald’s http://instagr.am/p/PgML8SQ-7N/ 

What else would I do after a night in jail!! Duh!! @ Ruth’s Chris Steak House http://instagr.am/p/PgLlN4w-66/ 

This shit is crazy… I need a BACKWOOD, a GOOD MEAL, and a STIFF DRINK..I’m headed to The Beach for peace and some Eats

Ima need my FANSUPPORT on this BULLSHIT… CLICK THE LINK FOR STORY Check out this newsletter: http://mad.l http://instagr.am/p/Pf9SsOQ-z6/ 

@TheThizzler Ima need my FANSUPPORT on this BULLSHIT… RT Check out this newsletter: http://mad.ly/c27513  via @madmimi

Ima need my FANSUPPORT on this BULLSHIT… RT PLEASE IM STUCK IN HAWAII Check out this newsletter: http://mad.ly/c27513  via @madmimi

GOT COUT IN HAWAII IN 30 mins… I’ll explain later.. Y’all ain’t gone believe this shit

Big Island Police Still Looking for Man Wanted in Connection to Puna Shooting Last Month

Big Island police are renewing their request for information about a man wanted in connection with a shooting in Puna last month.

James Gannon Coffey

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on July 3, a 39-year-old Mountain View woman reported that at about 3:30 p.m., she had been at the suspect’s home on Overview Road in Mountain View to retrieve her property when they got into a verbal confrontation. The victim reportedly heard what sounded like a gunshot. The suspect allegedly pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her and discharged another round.

The woman was not injured.

Police have classified the incident as a second-degree attempted murder.

Detectives want to question 47-year-old James Gannon Coffey of Overview Road, who is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, about 150 pounds with hazel eyes and short graying hair. He may be operating a brown late-model Toyota pickup truck. He is also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police advise the public not to contact Coffey, as he may be armed and dangerous. Instead, anyone with information on this case or on Ciffey’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email him at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Big Island Police Charge 34-Year-Old Hilo Man With Attempted Murder

Big Island police have charged 34-year-old Jarvis Naoki Higa of Hilo with attempted murder for a shooting incident last week in Hilo.

Jarvis Naoki Higa

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Higa at 5:45 p.m. Monday after locating and arresting him earlier in the day.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $375,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (July 24).

At 1:10 a.m. on July 18, police responded to a report of a man threatening a 34-year-old Hilo man with a firearm. Police determined that a round was discharged in the parking lot of a condominium complex on Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo before the suspect fled the area. The victim was not injured.

Big Island Police Searching for 34-Year-Old Wanted for Attempted Murder

Big Island police are searching for a man wanted for attempted murder. The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old Jarvis Naoki Higa of Hilo.

Jarvis Naoki Higa

At 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to a report of a man threatening a 34-year-old Hilo man with a firearm. Police determined that a round was discharged in the parking lot of the Orchid Manor condominium complex on Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo before the suspect fled the area.

He is described as Japanese, 5-foot-6, 160 pounds with short black hair and tattoos on his chest. He may be armed and dangerous.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who knows Higa’s whereabouts contact Detective Ernest Matsumoto by phone at 961-2379 or by email at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field by phone at 961-2381 or by email at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Big Island Police Arrest 61-Year-Old Kau Man in Connection with Ocean View Shooting

Big Island police have arrested a 61-year-old Kaʻū man in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon (July 8) in Ocean View.

John O’Leary of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates is being held at the Kona police cellblock on suspicion of attempted murder and two firearm offenses.

John O’Leary

Kona patrol officers responded to the 92-8000 block of Reef Parkway in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates after dispatchers received a 3:25 p.m. call Sunday reporting a gunshot. When they arrived, O’Leary was waiting for them in the roadway.

Police learned that the victim, a 66-year-old Ocean View man, had already been taken by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital.

Investigation revealed that the victim and suspect had been longtime acquaintances. The victim had gone to O’Leary’s house, where O’Leary reportedly fired several shots. One of the bullets hit the victim in his right upper thigh.

The victim struggled with O’Leary and took away his firearm. O’Leary than reportedly grabbed a bat and used it to hit the victim on the elbow. The victim drove away in his car with the gun, went home and called 911. He was taken to the Kona hospital, where he was treated and later released.

Police recovered the weapon, identified as a .22 caliber revolver.

O’Leary remains in police custody while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation. Police have not determined a motive for the shooting.

Picture Released of 72-Year-Old Puna Man – More on Sunday’s Shooting

Big Island police have charged a 72-year-old Puna man in connection with a shooting Sunday evening (May 13) at a home in Panaʻewa.

Joseph Amormino

Joseph Amormino of Hawaiian Beaches was charged at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday (May 15) with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, burglary, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, place to keep ammunition, and two counts of place to keep firearms.

He was also charged with three counts of terroristic threatening for an unrelated incident that occurred about twenty minutes before the shooting. In that case, Amormino allegedly waved a handgun at a 52-year-old Mountain View woman, a 48-year-old Mountain View man and a 14-year-old Mountain View girl after reportedly tailgating their vehicle on Highway 130 near the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Amormino’s bail was set at $656,000. He remains at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (May 16).

Big Island Police Charge Kona Man With Attempted Murder and Six Other Offenses

A South Kona man who set himself on fire and attempted to do the same to his ex-girlfriend has been charged with attempted murder and six other offenses.

Robert York

Robert York, 27, of Hōnaunau was charged at 7 p.m. Thursday with second-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree arson, criminal trespassing and two counts of abuse of a family/household member.

He was held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $66,250 bail until his initial court appearance Friday morning (February 17).

Police initially arrested York on suspicion of abuse, terroristic threatening and arson. Detectives revised the charges after consultation with county prosecutors.

The charges stemmed from an incident early Tuesday morning (February 14) at a home on Tobacco Road in Hōnaunau. York reportedly set fire to the front porch of his ex-girlfriend’s house and then doused her and himself with a flammable liquid and attempted to set them both on fire. After the woman’s relatives pulled York away from her, York set himself on fire.

Police arrested him Wednesday (February 15) when he was released from Kona Community Hospital, where he had been treated for his injuries.

The victim did not require medical attention for the injuries she received during the struggle with York.

18-Year-Old Puna Man Charged with Second-Degree Attempted Murder and First-Degree Burglary

Big Island detectives are investigating an incident in Puna that left a Keaʻau woman hospitalized.

Saturday (October 22) shortly after 12 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to investigate a report of a woman screaming for assistance. Upon arrival, police discovered the 69-year-old woman with severe head injuries and determined that a man forced his way into her home before assaulting her.

Officers from the Puna district converged in the area to assist in the search for the suspect. He was observed fleeing the home upon officers’ arrival at the scene.

Image from Seferin Tilipau facebook profile

Image from Seferin Tilipau's Facebook profile

At about 1:25 a.m., following an extensive search, 18-year-old Seferin Tilipau of Keaʻau was found hiding in a nearby house and was arrested and taken into custody. He is being held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section conduct further investigation into the incidents, which are classified as first-degree burglary and second-degree attempted murder.

Police have recovered what they believe to be the weapon used in the assault.

Hawaii Fire Department medics took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this case call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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.