Hawaii Island Police Searching for Armed Suspect in Old Stainback Highway Area

Hawaiʻi Island police shut down a portion of the Old Stainback Highway Thursday morning (August 29) due to a search for a suspect in a car theft case.

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Officers were attempting to stop a suspicious pickup truck just after midnight on Highway 11 in the Pana‘ewa area when the vehicle fled the area.

It was located on an unimproved side road off the Old Stainback Highway in the Panaʻewa Rainforest. As the driver attempted to flee from police again, the truck became lodged in the brush. The suspect then exited the truck and fled on foot.

While officers were securing the vehicle—a black Toyota Tacoma that had been reported stolen from Hilo in July—gunshots were heard from the vicinity of the forest where it was believed the suspect had fled.

Patrol officers secured the area and conducted a further search of the forest area during daylight hours with assistance from the Police Department’s Special Response Team and Criminal Investigations Section.

Once the area was deemed safe, the Old Stainback Highway was reopened at 1 p.m.

The suspect is still at large and the investigation is continuing.

Police ask anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or his location 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.

 

Second Body Found Off Stainback Highway

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of another body off Stainback Highway in Hilo.

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On Tuesday (January 22) at about 5:18 a.m., police received an anonymous tip of a body off the “Tree Planting Road.”

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section and a scent-discriminating canine conducted area checks and discovered a badly decomposed body.

Due to the advanced state of decomposition, detectives were unable to readily identify the remains. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Police were conducting a search in the area for the body of Dante Peter Gilman, who was initially reported as missing. A murder investigation was initiated in that case and Claude Keone Krause and his cousin, Kawena Krause, were both charged.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case to call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email at dmorimoto@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.