Two Men and A Woman Arrested in Connection With Hilo Gambling Operation

Thanks to tips from the public, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested two men and a woman Tuesday (November 20) in connection with a gambling investigation in Hilo.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., Vice Section officers from Area I and II, Community Policing officers and South Hilo Patrol officers executed a search warrant at Pay Day Loans/Internet Café, located at 133 Makaʻala Street in Hilo. The search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation using undercover officers and tips from the public, which helped corroborate suspected gambling activities at that location.

While executing the search warrant, officers seized 15 suspected gambling devices, suspected gambling records and an undisclosed sum of cash.

Serena Valenzuela

Officers arrested 40-year-old Serena Valenzuela of Pāhoa, 26-year-old Davin Maballo of Honolulu and 60-year-old Samuel Maballo of Keaʻau, all on suspicion of promoting gambling. They were later released pending further investigation.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department thanks the public for providing tips and information that assisted police with the disruption of this suspected illegal gambling operation.

3 Responses

  1. why are you posting private pictures of someone. That is facebook profile picture. What about the other five people involved why have you not posted their pictures.

    • It’s obviously not a private picture since I was able to get it from Facebook. If someone doesn’t want their picture to show up on a public place like Facebook… then they should change their settings.

      I wasn’t able to get pictures of the others involved… If I could have… I would have posted them.

      • There were no gambling devices. Unless everyday computers you purchase from your local Wal-Mart are considered gambling devices. What about the establishment at 18 Pohaku in Hilo! Someone should “Visit” Freddy sometime and see what he has.

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