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Hilo Man Arrested After Hitchhiking High-Jacking Incident in Puna

Big Island police have charged an 18-year-old Hilo man for robbery and a related offense for his role in an incident that occurred last week in the Puna district.

Michael Gary Perreira-Thompson

On August 30, at about 2 a.m., police received a report from a 26-year-old Keaʻau man that after picking up a couple hitchhiking near the intersection of Route 130 and Ainaloa Boulevard in Puna, he drove them to the lower portion of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision at their request. The male hitchhiker reportedly assaulted the victim after the victim exited the vehicle at the couple’s destination.

The male suspect then entered the vehicle and drove off with the female, who remained in the vehicle during the incident.

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and declined treatment.

Police located the unoccupied vehicle in the same subdivision after it was apparently abandoned.

Tuesday morning (September 4), police arrested Michael Gary Perreira-Thompson. After conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I, Criminal Investigation Section charged him at 2:30 p.m. with second-degree robbery and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $35,000. He remains in the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (September 5).

Big Island Police Seeking Witnesses to Traffic Fatality That Happened in July

Big Island police are looking for witnesses to a fatal motor vehicle/motorcycle crash on July 13 on Route 190 in the area of the 17-mile marker in North Kona.

Forty-one-year-old Randall C. Guadiz of a Waikoloa died two days after the crash.

Responding to a 10:38 p.m. call on July 13, Kona patrol officers determined that Guadiz was operating a 1998 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Route 190 when he overtook a vehicle in a no-passing zone and sideswiped a 2012 Toyota four-door sedan traveling south and being operated by a 45-year-old California woman.

The driver of the Toyota was not injured.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the crash or was at the scene call Sergeant Christopher Gali at 961-2332.

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.

Pahoa Regional Park Meeting

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invites the public to provide input on the Puna Regional Park that will be built in Pāhoa.

Aerial picture of the proposed park

Public feedback on the park project will be gathered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility.

The Department of Parks and Recreation plans to build a regional park above the community center and Pāhoa Aquatic Center. Initial survey work is under way.

Active recreational fields, multi-use covered play courts, a walking path and access road are all part of department’s preliminary master plan for the project’s first phase. During the meeting, department staff will present artist renderings, site maps and other information depicting the recreational features called for in the Puna Community Development Plan.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105.