Medical Examiner Defers Cause of Death Following Autopsy of Man that Died After Being Arrested

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday (February 5) on the body of 39-year-old Randall Hatori of Kailua-Kona, who died Tuesday in the course of an arrest.

Randall Hatori

Randall Hatori

The medical examiner deferred the cause of death pending toxicology and histology results.

At 12:30 a.m. Tuesday (February 4), a Kona Patrol officer made a traffic stop at a gas station in a shopping center on Palani Road. The driver, 38-year-old Ernest Ricky Alvarez of Kailua-Kona, was arrested on a $10,000 bench warrant for contempt of court.

Hatori, who was a passenger and was wanted for assault and violating temporary restraining orders, fled on foot.

The officer pursued Hatori on foot and a struggle ensued while trying to apprehend him. Initially unable to restrain Hatori, the officer deployed his conducted electric weapon (commonly known as a “Taser”) in an attempt to subdue him. Hatori continued to actively resist arrest and the struggle continued. Other officers responded to the scene and assisted in restraining Hatori. After Hatori was placed in handcuffs, he became unresponsive.

Fire Department EMTs on scene attempted resuscitation and then transported him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:53 a.m.

Detectives recovered 7.3 grams of methamphetamine at the scene of the struggle.

The Police Department’s Area II Criminal Investigations Section is continuing to investigate this incident as a coroner’s inquest and an assault on a police officer.

In addition, the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation, as is standard practice in any police involved death.

Alvarez remains at the Kona police cellblock while police investigate possible drug charges.

Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Last Seen in Hawaiian Acres Yesterday

11/19/13 UPDATE: Missing Person Annie Chung-Pacheco has been located.

Big Island Police are searching for a 16-year-old female who was last seen in Hawaiian Acres.

Annie Chung-Pacheco

Annie Chung-Pacheco

Annie Chung-Pacheco has long brown hair, brown eyes, is 5’1″ tall and 14o lbs  with unknown clothing. She was last seen Saturday, November 16 in Hawaiian Acres.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to 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.

Hilo Woman Reports Robbery From Last Week

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery in Hilo that was reported Tuesday but occurred last week.

A 43-year-old Hilo woman reported that between 9 a.m and 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 4, she was walking with a bicycle on Mililani Street between Piʻilani Street and Hualani Street when she was approached by a man who demanded money, threatened her and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim was not injured in the encounter.

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Police sketch of wanted man

The suspect was described as a local male between 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-11 with a muscular build, dark brown eyes, very short black hair and a tan complexion. He was wearing surf shorts and a dirty blue tank top.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the person depicted in the forensic artist’s composite drawing to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line or contact Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or gtodd@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 Searching for Man Who Assaulted Police Officer and Other Crimes

Police seek the public’s assistance in located a Hawaiian Beaches man wanted for offenses that occurred Saturday night, August 10, 2013, in Hawaiian Beaches, Pahoa.

Christopher Gonsalves

Christopher Gonsalves

Christopher Gonsalves, Male 48 years-old, of Hawaiian Beaches, is wanted for domestic abuse, terroristic threatening, and Assaulting a Police Officer. The incident occurred after police received a call and responded to a reported dispute at a Hawaiian Beaches park,
After assaulting an officer, Gonsalves fled the area.

Gonsalves is described as being 5’8″, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Gonsalves is considered dangerous, and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Man with Bugs Bunny Tattoo on Back… Again

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching *edit* AGAIN *edit* for a 32-year-old Puna man wanted for three warrants.

Matthew Keone Tilfas

Matthew Keoni Tilfas

Matthew Keoni Tilfas is wanted on a $1,000 bench warrant for contempt of court, a $150 bench warrant for failure to appear in court and a no-bail warrant for violating terms of supervised release.

He described as 5-foot-5,160 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and possibly a mustache and goatee. His last known address was in Hawaiian Acres. He is also known as “Matt” and “Jenning.”

He has several tattoos:

  • Bugs Bunny on his back
  • A large cross and the name “Keoni” on his upper left arm
  • A series of triangles on his left forearm
  • A rose and the name “Courtney” on his left inner forearm
  • The name “TILFAS” on his abdomen

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 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 to Hold Community Meeting in Waimea

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, August 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hawaiian Homes hall in Waimea.

HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Kohala District.

This South Kohala event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, it is requested that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the South Kohala District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may call Captain Randall Medeiros at 887-3080, stop by the South Kohala police station in Waimea, or e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

 

Big Island Police Officially Classify 13-Year-Old as Missing From Hamakua Health Center

The Hawai´i Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 13-year-old Waikoloa teen.

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New picture released of Tatiana Miller-Tayamen

Tatiana Miller-Tayamen was last seen on Thursday (July 25, 2013) at about 2:10 p.m. at the Hamakua Health Center in Honoka’a.

Tatiana

Tatiana

Miller-Tayamen is 5’03” tall, weighing about 115 pounds, with dark brown medium length hair with highlights and black tips, a fair complexion, and was last seen wearing a light colored tank top, and blue jean shorts.

Tatiana

Tatiana

Police ask that anyone with information on Miller-Tayamen’s whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Aaron Yamanaka at 808-775-7533.
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 Shoot Man Trying to Attempt Suicide

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a non-fatal officer involved shooting in Kona on Monday evening.

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At 9:08 p.m., police responded to a report of an attempted suicide in progress at a home on Manu Mele Street in Kailua-Kona.

Upon arrival, officers contacted a 33-year-old man who was standing outside the house holding a rifle. Officers ordered the man to put the weapon down but he refused to follow their instructions and attempted to use the rifle to harm himself.

One officer discharged his duty weapon, striking the man in his right shoulder and causing him to drop the rifle. The man was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was treated for his injury. He is listed in stable condition.

The officer is identified as a 31-year-old eight-year veteran of the Hawaiʻi Police Department.

No officers were injured during the incident.

As is standard practice in any police involved shooting, the Police Department’s Area II Criminal Investigations Section will conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting and the Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation.

 

Big Island Police Searching for 18-Year-Old Wanted for Kolekole Beach Park Robbery Indictment

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an 18-year-old man wanted on a warrant of arrest.

Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor is wanted in connection with a Grand Jury indictment related to a robbery at Kolekole Beach Park on February 6. He is described as 5-foot-6, 150 pounds with short black hair. He has no permanent address but frequents the Puna District.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@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 Initiate Arson Investigation in Connection With Fire Last Week in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated an arson investigation in connection with a fire in Puna last week.

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At 5:37 p.m. Thursday (May 30) a structure fire was reported on 38th Avenue in the Orchidland Estates subdivision. The house, valued at an estimated $155,000, was destroyed in the fire.

With the assistance of a a dog from the Hawaiʻi Fire Department’s Arson Canine Team, it was determined that the fire was deliberately set.

The Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section is continuing the arson investigation. They ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers may also 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.

 

Traffic Stop in Kona Leads to Arrests of Three People in Two Separate Cars

A routine traffic stop in Kona has led to the arrests of three persons in two separate cars.

At 9:40 p.m. Saturday (May 4), a Kona patrol officer made a traffic stop on a car occupied by two women. During the stop, the officer observed drug paraphernalia in the car and later recovered a glass smoking pipe and two small plastic bags containing residue of a white powdery substance. Police arrested the driver, 47-year-old Grace Duguran of Kailua-Kona, and her passenger, 37-year-old Danette Corrales of Pāhala, on suspicion of promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Chito Reno Asuncion

Chito Reno Asuncion

While officers were waiting with the women for a blue-and-white police vehicle to arrive, a man in a Kia sedan passed them twice and yelled at one of the women. An officer recognized the Kia’s driver as 37-year-old Chito Reno Asuncion of Pāhala, who was wanted on three bench warrants. As an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the Kia, it sped toward two other officers who were standing on the road signaling for him to stop. The officers had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit but were not injured.

Other officers stopped the Kia and arrested Asuncion on the warrants for two counts of contempt of court and one count of failure to appear. His bail on those charges was set at $20,300. He was also arrested on suspicion of reckless endangering. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

On Sunday (May 5), police obtained a search warrant for the Kia and recovered a glass smoking pipe and a small plastic bag with residue of a white powdery substance, as well as brass knuckles.

Also Sunday, the two women from the initial traffic stop were released pending further investigation.

On Monday, Asuncion went to court on the bench warrants and then was returned to the Kona cellblock. At 6 p.m. Monday, detectives charged him with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of second-degree reckless endangering, carrying a deadly weapon, resisting an order to stop, driving with an expired license, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail on those offenses was set at $12,000. His initial court appearance on those charges is scheduled for Tuesday (May 7).

Big Island Police Searching for Man Wanted in Abuse Case

Police are searching for a Big Island man wanted in an abuse case.

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The suspect, Raneiri Montijo, also goes by the names Adrian and Ray.

He has lived in Hilo and Kona. He also has ties to the Kaʻū area. He is described as 5-foot-10, 200 pounds and in his 30s.

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 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 Solar Photo Voltaic System From MacKenzie State Park

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of a solar photo voltaic system from MacKenzie State Park in Puna sometime between April 26 and April 28.

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One or more persons apparently climbed onto the roof of the park’s new bathrooms and removed the panels and then cut a heavy duty chain link fence, gaining access to the control box and a water pump. Total value of the items stolen and damaged was more than $5,000.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information on the identity of the person or persons responsible call Officer Joseph Passmore at 965-2716.

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 Man Wanted on Drug Charges and Bail Jumping

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 42-year-old Kailua-Kona man who is wanted on a bench warrant and two warrants of arrest.

Nohea Gene Heinicke

Nohea Gene Heinicke

Nohea Gene Heinicke is described as 5-foot-5, 160 pounds with brown/black hair and dark brown eyes.

The bench arrest warrant is related to drug charges and the arrest warrants are for violating terms of release on bail and for bail jumping.

Police ask that anyone with information on Heinicke’s whereabouts not approach him but, rather, 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 Asking the Public’s Help in Identifying Thief

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with numerous theft and fraudulent use of credit card investigations.
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On March 24, an unidentified male used a stolen credit card at several retail establishments in the Hilo and Puna districts. He is described as a local Caucasian-Portuguese mix about 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with a skinny build and a fair complexion.

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.

 

Big Island Police to Hold Community Meeting in Honoka’a Next Week

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, April 16, from noon to 2 p.m. in the conference room at the North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center in Honokaʻa.

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The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Hāmākua District.

The Hāmākua event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the Hāmākua District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Richard Miyamoto at 775-7533.

 

Big Island Police Asking for Public’s Help in Identifying Shoplifter

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted for shoplifting.

Have you seen this lady?

Have you seen this lady?

On March 27 at about 4:20 p.m. the unidentified woman removed items from a Hilo retail establishment without paying for them. She is described as Caucasian-mix, short with a large build and long dark hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her 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.

 

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Waikoloa Boy Last Seen in February

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing.

Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell was last seen at his Waikoloa home on February 22. He may be in Kona, Hāmākua, South Kohala or Puna.

He is described as 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Robert Sakata at 326-4646, extension 276.

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 17-Year-Old Kona Boy

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing from Kona.

Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni

Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni

Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni was last seen in Kailua-Kona on December 10, 2012.

He is described as 5-foot-5, 150 pounds with brown eyes, black wavy hair and a dark complexion. He may be in Kona or South Kohala.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Robert Sakata at 326-4646, extension 276.

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.

 

Hawaii Police Department’s 80th Recruit Class Recognized

The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s 80th Recruit Class was recognized Wednesday (March 6) during ceremonies held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

3rd Row L to R: Emmett Winters Jr. Ivan Alatan, Robert McKay Jr., Mario Ochoa, Daniel Silva-Sampaio, Brian Hunt, Matthew Bennett.2nd Row L to R: Joseph Picadura, Jesse Martin, Ronald Borowski, Joel Furuto, Sidra Brown, Tyler Jelsma, Brian Beckwith, Darren AbalosFront Row L to R: Nestor Cacho Jr., Landon Takenishi, Christopher Jelsma, Dustin Chaves, Justin Cabanting.

3rd Row L to R: Emmett Winters Jr. Ivan Alatan, Robert McKay Jr., Mario Ochoa, Daniel Silva-Sampaio, Brian Hunt, Matthew Bennett.
2nd Row L to R: Joseph Picadura, Jesse Martin, Ronald Borowski, Joel Furuto, Sidra Brown, Tyler Jelsma, Brian Beckwith, Darren Abalos
Front Row L to R: Nestor Cacho Jr., Landon Takenishi, Christopher Jelsma, Dustin Chaves, Justin Cabanting.

The 20 police recruits, who just completed six months of intensive training, will undergo four months of on-the-job field training with veteran police officers before they are qualified to work alone.

During Wednesday’s ceremony, Class President Christopher R. Jelsma said the first day of recruit class was a “real eye opener.” Although the recruits were pushed physically and mentally, he said, the greatest test was making the transition from being just classmates to becoming a cohesive team.

Keynote speaker Lincoln Ashida, corporation counsel for the County of Hawaiʻi, stressed the importance of officers committing their lives and careers to serving the community even when they aren’t on duty. He recalled that 17 years ago, when he was a prosecutor, he was called during the night because of a felon arrested for burglary.

Ashida said a “young lieutenant” who was heading home during a meal break heard a report over his police radio about houses that had been burglarized in Hilo. The lieutenant spotted a suspicious man matching the suspect’s description at a convenience store, so he turned his car around, stopped at the convenience store and eventually was able to arrest the man, who was in possession of jewelry and a weapon.The burglar was prosecuted federally and sent to federal prison.

“That young lieutenant was your police chief, Harry Kubojiri,” Ashida said. “That is the type of leadership that you are joining.”

During the ceremony, Jelsma received special recognition for excellence in physical fitness training, firearms training and for being the overall outstanding recruit. Ronald S. Borowski received special recognition for excellence in academic training.

The other members of the 80th Recruit Class are:

Class Vice President Ivan L. K. Alatan, Class Secretary/Treasurer Mario A. Ochoa, Darren J. A. Abalos, Brian B. Beckwith, Justin L. Cabanting, Dustin S. Chaves, Brian A. Hunt, Tyler V. Jelsma, Robert L. McKay Jr., Joseph K. Picadura, Landon H. Takenishi, Matthew D. Bennett, Sidra K. N. Brown, Nestor Cacho Jr., Joel J. Furuto, Jesse D. Martin, Daniel K. Silva-Sampaio and Emmett H. Winters Jr.

The class motto is “Live with Honor Serve with Pride.”