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Big Island Police Searching for Four with Outstanding Warrants

Big Island police are asking the public’s help in locating four individuals with outstanding warrants.

Curtis Hokulani Kekahuna Jr.

Curtis Hokulani Kekahuna Jr., 35, who has no permanent address, is wanted on a $500 warrant for contempt of court and a $300 warrant for failure to appear in court. He is described as 5-foot-9, about 300 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a scar that runs across his left eye.

Trent Lippertz

Trent Lippertz, 23, who has no permanent address, is wanted on a $2,000 warrant for contempt of court. He is also wanted for trespassing, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and burglary. He is described as 5-foot-11, 140 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has several tattoos, including the name “REGO” running vertically down the back of his right arm.

Zerica Bell-Ching

Zerica Bell-Ching, 23, who has no permanent address, is wanted on a $500 warrant for contempt of court. She is described as 5-foot-5, 127 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She has a small black mole between her eyebrows and a tattoo of the name “Kaipo” on her right foot.

Sriyani Anang

Sriyani Anang, 40, who has no permanent address, is wanted on a $300 warrant for failure to appear in court as well as failure to return a rental vehicle. She is described as 5-foot-1, 115 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a small black mole on the bridge of her nose.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals call 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.

Manhunt Over on Police Escape on the Big Island

Media Release:

A 19-year-old Waikoloa man who was the subject of a one-and-a-half-hour manhunt is in police custody facing possible escape charges.

Airiel Jost

Airiel Jost , who was at the Waimea courthouse for resisting an order to stop and two counts of theft, was in the process of being arrested on a $10,000 contempt of court warrant Tuesday afternoon (July 26), when he bolted from Sheriff’s deputies shortly before 2 p.m. and ran from the building.

The Hawai’i Police Department launched a search and found Jost hiding in bushed behind North Hawaii Community Hospital at 3:30 p.m. He was arrested on suspicion of escape. He was also arrested and charged with contempt of court for the $10,000 arrest warrant.

He is scheduled to return to court Wednesday (July 27).

Why Does the Hawaii Police Department Post the Photos of People in Contempt of Court?

So I was asked the following, “Why don’t you publish the folks wanted for contempt of court on your website……

Well quite frankly… I don’t think it’s right that the Hawaii Police Department is blasting the pictures of these people that are wanted for something as simple as contempt for court.

Someone could have missed a court date on a simple speeding ticket… yet the Hawaii Police Department tosses up their mugshots like they are guilty of  something serious.

Missing folks, deaths, serious crimes, and criminals wanted for violent crimes will make my site… but not every dang contempt case.

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?  These folks may eventually be innocent of the charge that they are wanted for?

I understand that contempt of court is against the law… but is it worth ruining someones career over?