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Big Island Police Looking to Question Man Caught on Tape at Scene of Suspicious Fire

Hawaiʻi Island police want to question a man whose image was captured on a surveillance video at the scene of a suspicious fire.

arson suspectAt 6:10 a.m. Thursday (February 26), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a fire at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Captain Cook. When they arrived, firefighters were on the scene and the north rear entrance was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and determined that it was deliberately set. Damages, estimated at more than $80,000, were limited to the north side of the building.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the case as arson. They recovered a photograph from a surveillance video that shows a Caucasian man in his 50s who appears to be tall with a large build and who has light hair with a receding hairline and a mustache. He was wearing dark shorts, a long-sleeved shirt light in color, and rubber slippers.

Police ask anyone who knows the identity of the man in the photo or who has any information about the fire to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or ssmith@co.hawaii.hi.us, or Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, or wahmow@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.

Walmart Fire Caught On Tape – Police Looking for Suspects

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a suspicious fire Tuesday (December 30) at a store on Makaʻala Street in Hilo.

Responding to a 4:24 p.m. call from an employee at Walmart, Hawaiʻi Fire Department and police personnel learned that employees had extinguished a burning rack of clothing. The entire store was evacuated due to smoke. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

The fire was confined to the rack of clothing. The estimated total damages are being assessed.

On Wednesday (December 31) detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section returned to the store and continued the investigation, which is classified as a first-degree arson and a third-degree attempted theft. They recovered and are examining video surveillance footage.

Police are seeking two persons who were seen in the store prior to the fire. One is described as possibly a local Caucasian man, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a heavy build and a light tan complexion. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, red shorts and a red shirt with a “Heart and Huntington” logo on the upper left chest area.

The second person is described as a Caucasian man similar in build to the first man but heavier. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, light-color shorts and a red baseball cap.
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Anyone who knows the identity of either suspect or who was in the store from around 4:15 p.m. to the time the fire was started is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-331 or contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 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 Suspicious Fire in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a suspicious fire Monday morning in Puna.

HPDBadgeAt 9:15 a.m. Monday (May 12) officers responded to a structure fire on the 12-7000 block of Akanikolea Street in the Kalapana Seaview Estates subdivision.

12-7037 Akanikolea according to Google Street View

12-7037 Akanikolea according to Google Street View

By the time police officers and firefighters arrived on the scene, the three-story house had already burned to the ground.

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Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the fire and have not ruled out arson.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.

 

Puna Man Charged With Arson

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 26-year-old Puna man who was arrested Monday (April 29) in connection with a suspicious fire on Friday (April 26).

Justin James Clark

Justin James Clark

Justin James Clark of Kurtistown is charged with first-degree arson.

At 10:48 a.m. Friday, patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at Alulu Road and Oʻoaʻa Road in Hawaiian Acres. The fire was extinguished, but not before causing extensive damage to the structure. A Fire Department investigator determined that the fire was suspicious.

Police learned that a sports-utility vehicle had been seen speeding away from the scene shortly before witnesses heard popping sounds and saw the house in flames. Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation and developed a suspect based on descriptions of the SUV and its occupant.

Clark was arrested Monday at 1:30 p.m. and held at the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of arson while detectives continued the investigation with the assistance of a fire inspector and a dog from the Hawaiʻi Fire Department’s Arson Canine Team.

Detectives executed a search warrant on the SUV. The Fire Department’s canine was instrumental in helping detectives recover a flammable substance during the search.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 30), detectives charged Clark with first-degree arson. His bail was set at $50,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (May 1).

Big Island Police Arrest Puna Man in Connection With Arson in Hawaiian Acres

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Puna man in connection with a suspicious fire Friday (April 26).

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At 10:48 a.m. Friday, patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at Alulu Road and Oʻoaʻa Road in Hawaiian Acres. The fire was extinguished, but not before causing extensive damage to the structure. A Fire Department investigator determined that the fire was suspicious.

Investigation by detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section led to the arrest Monday at 1:30 p.m. of 26-year-old Justin James Clark of Kurtistown. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of arson while detectives continue the investigation with the assistance of a fire inspector.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or email him at wcarter@hawaiicounty.gov. Witnesses 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.

Puna Man Charged in Connection With Domestics After House Burns Down

Hawaiʻi County police have charged a 45-year-old Puna man in connection with a domestic dispute in Pāhoa Sunday night (December 2).

Peter Lopes

Peter Lopes

At 5:45 p.m. Tuesday (December 4), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Peter Lopes of Pāhoa with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and second-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $37,000.

Prosecutors declined to charge Lopes at this time with arson or promotion of a detrimental drug pending additional follow-up investigation.

Sunday at about 7:59 p.m., police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel responded to a Hawaiian Beaches home after receiving a report of a structure fire. They discovered a house fully engulfed in flames. Police learned that the occupants, a 41-year-old Pāhoa woman and Lopes, had exited the home prior to the fire and were uninjured.

The structure was deemed a total loss.

Police investigation revealed that Lopes had allegedly threatened to set fire to the house. Police found Lopes at a nearby home with a head injury unrelated to the structure fire. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

Lopes was arrested Monday (December 3) after he was discharged from the hospital.

Police continue to ask that anyone with information on this case or who may have witnessed this incident 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.

 

Pearl City Fires Intentionally Set

In the past two nights fires have occurred in the PCP Community. These fires have been classified as; Intentionally Set, by the Honolulu Fire Department. Fortunately there have been no reported injuries due to these fires. On Friday night, the fire was observed by our mobile security (Securitas) and the residents alerted and evacuated safely. Last night neighbors noticed the fire and alerted residents who were all evacuated safely.


The Honolulu Police and Fire Departments are investigating these incidents along with the Navy Security Forces. If any resident has information concerning these fires they should contact Honolulu Police Department. These are very serious crimes and any information any resident may have should be forwarded to the authorities.

Residents are cautioned not to leave any flammable material (such as gasoline, charcoal lighter etc.) in their carports.

Resident should report any suspicious activity to the Honolulu police department.
 

Big Island Police Charge Kona Man With Attempted Murder and Six Other Offenses

A South Kona man who set himself on fire and attempted to do the same to his ex-girlfriend has been charged with attempted murder and six other offenses.

Robert York

Robert York, 27, of Hōnaunau was charged at 7 p.m. Thursday with second-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree arson, criminal trespassing and two counts of abuse of a family/household member.

He was held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $66,250 bail until his initial court appearance Friday morning (February 17).

Police initially arrested York on suspicion of abuse, terroristic threatening and arson. Detectives revised the charges after consultation with county prosecutors.

The charges stemmed from an incident early Tuesday morning (February 14) at a home on Tobacco Road in Hōnaunau. York reportedly set fire to the front porch of his ex-girlfriend’s house and then doused her and himself with a flammable liquid and attempted to set them both on fire. After the woman’s relatives pulled York away from her, York set himself on fire.

Police arrested him Wednesday (February 15) when he was released from Kona Community Hospital, where he had been treated for his injuries.

The victim did not require medical attention for the injuries she received during the struggle with York.

Big Island Police Seeking Woman in Picture Regarding Arson

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted for questioning in connection with a fire in a trash receptacle attached to an automated teller machine on September 8.

Have you seen this lady?

The fire caused minor damage to the ATM, located in Puainako Town Center, before Fire Department personnel arrived to extinguish the flames.

The case has been classified as arson.

Surveillance images show a woman at the ATM shortly before the start of the fire. Police ask that anyone who knows her identity call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2388 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 Burglary and Attempted Arson in Puna

Hawaiʻi County police are asking for information about a burglary and attempted arson in Puna. The crimes occurred at a home on Ohia Street in the Eden Roc subdivision sometime between Saturday (October 22) and Sunday (October 23).

Investigation revealed that one or more unknown suspects pried open the front door, took electronic items from inside and then attempted to burn the house. The structure sustained damage to the front stair. A vehicle in the garage also was damaged.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Officer Greg Karonis at 965-2716 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 Arrest 62-Year-Old Man on Suspicion of Arson

Big Island police have arrested a 62-year-old Miloliʻi man on suspicion of arson in connection with a house fire on Wednesday (October 12).

Donald McKay of Miloliʻi Village is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation.

At 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, Kona patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at an unoccupied house on Kai Avenue in Miloliʻi. After the flames were extinguished, a Fire Department investigation with the assistance of a scent-discriminating canine determined that the fire was of a suspicious nature. Damages from the fire were estimated at $480,000.

Police investigation led to McKay’s arrest in Kailua-Kona this morning (October 14).

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.