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Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Boy Missing Since June 2010

Big Island police are renewing their request for information about a 17-year-old boy reported as missing from Mountain View since June 6, 2010.

Devin D. Balai

Devin D. Balai is described as Hawaiian-Vietnamese, 5-foot-8, about 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Seeking Hamakua Man Wanted in Connection with Sex Assault

Big Island police are requesting the public’s help in locating a 27-year-old Hāmākua man wanted for questioning in connection with a reported sexual assault of an adult female at a South Kohala public beach during the early morning hours of December 28.

Eagle Adam Tobin

Detectives are seeking Eagle Adam Tobin, last known to have lived in Waipio Valley and Honokaʻa town. He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, a medium build and a fair to lightly-tanned complexion.

Detectives with the Juvenile Aid Section—which is responsible for sexual assault investigations—are continuing this investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information on Tobin’s location 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

86-Year-Old Big Island Man Scammed on Insecticide Services

Big Island police are warning the public about a likely scam involving insecticide services being performed without prior authorization.

On November 28, police responded to a report that an 86-year-old South Kohala man had paid thousands of dollars to two unknown men after they supposedly protected his home from insects. The two men had gone to the victim’s house and, without prior authorization or an estimate for their services, cleaned insects from the eaves, sprayed what they said was insecticide and then washed the exterior of the windows. When the work was completed, they told the homeowner he owed $3,600, which the victim paid.

Police urge the public to report any suspicious business practices and not to feel intimidated into paying for services they didn’t request. Police ask that anyone with information about similar incidents 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.

Big Island Police Warning the Public About Recent Car Break-Ins at Popular Surfing Spot

Big Island police are warning the public about recent car break-ins and thefts that have been concentrated in the area of Honoliʻi Beach Park. During the month of October, police investigated twelve vehicle break-ins at Honoliʻi, and another three break-ins from the surrounding area. The incidents are occurring throughout the day, with a higher concentration during the early morning and evening hours.

The primary method of entry is by breaking a window or through an unlocked door. Police remind the public that all vehicles left unattended should be locked and secured properly. Any valuable items left inside should be concealed from view. If at all possible, don’t leave any valuables inside the vehicle.

Police ask that the public to report any suspicious persons or activities and provide any leads that might help identify possible suspects by calling 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.

Big Island Police Searching for 27-Year-Old Pa’auilo Man Wanted in Assault Investigation

Big Island police are searching for a 27-year-old Paʻauilo man wanted for questioning in an attempted assault investigation. The man is identified as Dayne Victorino.

Dayne Victorino

Dayne Victorino

Hāmākua Patrol officers responded to a call for service on Tuesday (November 1) where there was a report of a domestic disturbance at a home on Pikake Street in Honokaʻa. Upon arrival, officers observed a verbal dispute between Victorino and another man. Victorino was observed operating a late-model Toyota pickup truck, which struck a fence fronting the house and almost struck three bystanders.

Victorino is described as a local male, 5-foot-8, 185 pounds with brown eyes, short shaved hair, and a mustache and goatee.

Police ask than anyone with information on his whereabouts call Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 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.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 40-Year-Old Puna Woman

*Update* Big Island police have located 40-year-old Beatrice Brown of Leilani Estates, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed Thursday morning (October 27) in Hilo.

Big Island police are searching for a 40-year-old Puna woman who was reported missing.

Beatrice Brown

Beatrice Brown

Beatrice Brown of Leilani Estates was last seen at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday (October 25) at the corner of Makamae St. and Leilani Blvd.

She is described as 5-foot-3, 150 pounds with black medium-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing tan shorts, a light green blouse and a black fanny pack.

She has a medical condition that requires medication.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts 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.

Picture Released of Suspect in Puna Attempted Murder

Hilo detectives have charged a Keaʻau man in connection with a brutal home invasion that occurred in Puna early Saturday morning (October 22) that left a Keaʻau woman hospitalized.

Seferin Tilipau

Seferin Tilipau

Sunday (October 23) at approximately 8:45 p.m., detectives charged 18-year-old Seferin Tilipau with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. He is being held without bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court tomorrow (October 24) at 1 p.m.

Saturday (October 22) shortly after midnight, 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 had 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.

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.

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

Police ask 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.

Big Island Police Investigating Highway 130 Shooting

Big Island detectives are investigating an incident in Puna that injured a Keaʻau man.

Saturday (October 22) shortly after 2:40 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to investigate a report of a victim with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, police discovered a 36-year-old man with a head wound and determined that he sustained the injury following a brief confrontation involving at least three other local males and a teal colored sedan.

Police learned that the victim sustained the injury when an occupant of the teal sedan shot at him while he was driving on Route 130 in the area of Ainaloa subdivision. Following the incident, the occupants fled the area in the suspect vehicle—described as possibly being similar to a Ford Escort or Nissan Sentra.

Fire Department personnel took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for the injury and released.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are conducting further investigation into the incident, which is currently classified as second-degree attempted murder. No arrests have been made in connection with this investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 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.

Big Island Police Investigating the Circumstances Surrounding a Body Discovered in Hilo

Big Island police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a body discovered in Hilo.

Tuesday (October 18) shortly after 4 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to upper Kaiwiki Road area to investigate a report of an unattended vehicle. Upon arrival, police discovered that the registered owner of the Volkswagen convertible was an 84-year-old Kaiwiki man, who could not be accounted for.

Police found indications at the scene that the man might be injured. Units from the Hawaii Fire Department arrived to assist in the search of a nearby ravine and were aided by Chopper 1, the Fire Department’s helicopter.

At the bottom of the ravine, Fire department personnel located the body of an elderly Caucasian man with apparent injuries. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was officially pronounced dead.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section secured the scene overnight and returned Wednesday morning (October 19) to conduct further investigation into this incident, which is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest. Detectives have not ruled out foul play and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and to confirm the man’s identity.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this case call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 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

Officer Aron Tomota Recognized as “Officer of the Month”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Aron Tomota as “Officer of the Month” for October in a luncheon ceremony on Wednesday (October 5) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Aron Tomota

Officer Aron Tomota

Tomota’s peers in Kona Patrol’s “C” Watch nominated him for being a model officer who epitomizes the Police Department’s core value of Teamwork.

Sergeant Grad Elarionoff said in nomination papers that Officer Tomota consistently helps his fellow officers with their investigations without complaining or boasting.

“I can not place a value on the work Officer Tomota does. It is not something that can be measured statistically,” Elarionoff wrote. “I can, however, attest that Officer Tomota is of great value as an officer to Kona “C” Watch, the Kona District and, more importantly, to our community.”

As “Officer of the Month,” Tomota is eligible to become “Officer of the Year.” The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.

Big Island Police Investigating the Theft of a Trailer

Big Island police are investigating the theft of a trailer from Ninole in North Hilo over the weekend.

Sometime between 3:30 p.m. Friday (September 30) and 6:30 a.m. Monday (October 3), a black Big Text hydraulic lift utility trailer was removed from Waikamalu Park. The trailer, which bears the license plate 924HYY, is valued at $13,000. Its left rear drop-down ramp is bent.

Police ask that anyone with information about the stolen trailer or the identity of the person or persons who took it call Officer Daniel Jelsma at 962-2120 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.

19-Year-Old With Mohawk Wanted for Questioning for Armed Robbery in Hilo

Big Island Police are looking for a 19-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery in Hilo the Saturday morning (September 3) at a convenience store in Waiākea Uka.

South Hilo patrol officers responded to a 6:16 a.m. call reporting that three male suspects entered the store and then one of them suspects pulled out a gun, showed it to the clerk and ordered her to open the cash register. The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise.

The employee was not physically injured.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. On Thursday (September 8th), they arrested two 17-year-old boys and charged then with first-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Stetson Kaholo

Stetson Kaholo

Detectives now would like to question 19-year-old Stetson Kaholo of Hilo in connection with this investigation. He is described as 5-foot-8 with a medium build, brown eyes and a tan complexion. Kaholo is known to frequent the Lanakila housing area of Hilo.

Police ask that anyone with any information about this case call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 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.

Arson Suspected in Supsicious Kona Fire

Big Island police have initiated an arson investigation in connection with a suspicious fire early Wednesday (August 31) in Kona.


At 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Police and firefighters responded to a report of a loud explosion and flames shooting 15-20 feet into the air from a home on Kahulani Street in Kaloko Mauka.

When firefighters arrived, the garage was engulfed in flames. A pickup truck was parked in the garage. The occupant was not home.

After firefighters extinguished the fire, a Hawaiʻi Fire Department inspector determined with the assistance of a scent-discriminating canine that the fire was suspicious in nature.

No one was injured in the fire. Damages have not yet been determined.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, 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.

Big Island Police Investigating Theft of Plate from Art Gallery

Media Release:

Big Island police are investigating a theft on August 9 at an art gallery in the Parker Ranch Shopping Center in Waimea.

The item stolen was a handcrafted multi-colored plate thick made of koa, mango and “purple heart” wood. It measures approximately 12 inches in diameter and 1/4-inch

Police ask that anyone with information about this case 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.

Big Island Police Investigating a Drive-By Shooting in Ka’u

Media Release:

Big Island police are investigating a shooting Wednesday night, June 8th, in Ka’ū.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report that six shots had been fired from a passing vehicle at a 44-year-old man outside his Aloha Boulevard home in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision.

Police initially classified the case as reckless endangering. After further investigation, detectives are reclassifying the case to attempted murder.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Sharlotte Bird at 326-4646, extension 228, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Big Island Police Seeking Man Wanted for Sex Assault on Female Minor

Media Release:

Big Island police are requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for questioning in connection with a sexual assault of a female minor. The assault occurred on October 1, 2010, between 7 and 7:30 p.m. in Kurtistown in the Puna District.

Artist Rendition

The man is described as local, “scruffy” looking, 18-30 years old, 5-feet-7 to 5-feet 9, 150 to 175 pounds with a medium build, brown eyes, short buzz-cut black hair and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue aloha shirt with blue hibiscus print and driving a gold or light-colored four door Honda or Mazda sedan.

Detectives with the Juvenile Aid Section are continuing this investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information on his identity or location 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.