Big Island Police Investigating Puna Home Invasion and Robbery

Puna Patrol officers responded to a 2:30 a.m. report Tuesday (July 8) of a robbery at a home in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

HPDBadgeAn unknown man whose face was obscured with fabric entered a house on 1st Avenue off Maku‘u Street, brandished what appeared to be a firearm and threatened the 80-year-old male occupant. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, 6-foot-2, 140 pounds with brown eyes and a long, thin face. He was wearing baggy brown pants and a short-sleeved multi-color shirt.

Police ask anyone with information about this case or the identity of the suspect to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Royce Serrao at 961-2272 or rpserrao@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.

Big Island Police Investigating Puna Robbery

Hawaii Island police are investigating a robbery Saturday in Puna.
HPDBadgeAt 10:23 p.m. Saturday (July 5), Puna Patrol officers responded to a home on the 15-0600 block of Kahakai Boulevard in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.

A 36-year-old man reported that while an acquaintance and two other local males were in his house, they took his computer hard drive and mobile phone. When he asked for the items back, he was struck numerous times in the face, causing minor injuries.

The victim was able to get away from the suspects and call police. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Police ask anyone who has any information about this case or the identity of the suspects to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wcarter@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.

Hawaii Island Police Renewing Request for Information About a Puna Robbery Last Week

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a robbery and auto theft last week in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna.

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A 41-year-old man reported that sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. on August 20, he was assaulted outside his house on Maile Street and a car was stolen from the driveway.

The attacker is described as a local male, average height and weight with medium-length dark hair and a “local accent.” The car is described as a blue 2005 Kia Optima four-door sedan, license plate ZAT 755.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to 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.

Home Invasion Robbery in Puna Foiled by Woman With Meat Cleaver and Pork & Beans

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a home invasion robbery Friday night (July 12) in Puna.

In response to a 9:37 p.m. call, Puna Patrol officers learned that three masked men had encountered a male resident outside a home on 30th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. One man reportedly assaulted the resident and another man reportedly entered the house and assaulted a woman trying to protect a child. As the woman fought back, the masked men grabbed a purse and a backpack and fled in a pickup truck.

Dustin J. Jose

Dustin J. Jose

Responding officers located a truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and arrested 31-year-old Dustin J. Jose of Kailua-Kona and 31-year-old Jack A. Vaughn of Kailua-Kona.

Jack A. Vaughn

Jack A. Vaughn

They were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 9:05 p.m. Saturday (July 13), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Jose with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. They charged Vaughn with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree assault.

The men remained at the cellblock until their initial court appearance on Monday.

According to Hawaii News Now:

Three masked men stormed into a Big Island home on Friday night and attacked a family in a Keaau home. Two of the suspects are now in custody, and a can of pork and beans helped lead to the home invasion arrests.

“All of a sudden I see these three guys climbing out of the truck and they all had ski masks on,” recalled victim Claudine Prados.

Prados had been watching TV at her home on 30th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. She said she protected her son from one suspect by grabbing a meat cleaver from the kitchen, but two other men attacked his father.

“They injured him pretty badly. They slammed his face into the ground and they were trying to choke him and doing whatever they could to try to get him to pass our I guess,” said Prados.

Prados said she grabbed a can of pork and beans after the cleaver was knocked out of her hand. After a struggle, the men drove off.

“I still had the can of food in my hand and I was actually trying to bust their window but it ended up bouncing off and landing in the back of their truck. That’s one of the main things that actually police was able to identify the truck when they actually pulled it over,” Prados said.

Within 30 minutes, police found a truck matching the description she gave them on Kuauli Road in Kurtistown. Officers found the can in the back and arrested two men, Jack Vaughn of Kailua-Kona and Dustin Jose of Kealakekua. Jose was indicted in May for allegedly sexually assaulting two minors, according to the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Officers arrested both men for assault, burglary and robbery.

“It was like a total waste of time for them, honestly, because all they left with was a purse with no money and a kid’s backpack with clothes,” said Prados…

More Here: Can of Pork and Beans Leads to Arrest

 

Woman Asks For Assistance… Gets Robbed Instead – Police Looking for Male Suspect

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a reported robbery that occurred over the weekend in Puna.

HPDBadgeOn Sunday morning (February 10, 2013) at 12:16 pm, police received a report from a 60-year-old Volcano woman that at about 6:00 pm the previous day, she offered a ride to a male acquaintance to assist him with his disabled vehicle. Instead of driving to the location of the vehicle, the male suspect apparently drove to another location in Mountain View where she was assaulted and pushed out of the vehicle by the suspect who stole her vehicle.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, early to mid 50’s, approximately 6-foot tall, with a medium build, medium tan complexion with long, wavy brown hair just slightly shorter than his shoulders, unknown eye color, no facial hair and no glasses, unknown tattoos, scars and marks. He was last seen wearing jeans, a long sleeve gray button shirt. The suspect may speak with a slight lisp

The victim sustained injuries from the assault and from falling from the truck however declined treatment.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a second degree robbery and first degree unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Police ask that anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or may have witnessed this robbery to call Detective Wendell Carter or email him at wcarter@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 Investigating Puna Robbery – Looking to Question 19-Year-Old

Big Island police are investigating a robbery Tuesday morning (May 1, 2012) in Puna.

In response to a 3:37 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers received a report that a 43-year-old Pāhoa man was at a 24-hour convenience store in Pāhoa at around 2 a.m. when an acquaintance parked in the area offered him a ride home.

The victim accepted the ride and was driven to an area off of Kaʻohe Homestead Road in Pāhoa, where the suspect reportedly assaulted him and removed undisclosed items. The suspect and two other men entered an early model dark green Nissan Pathfinder and drove from the area.

The victim sustained minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

The incident is classified as a second-degree robbery, second-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree burglary.

Kale Thomas Ramangmou

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section want to question a 19-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with this investigation. Kale Thomas Ramangmou is described as Filipino, about 5-foot-2, about 140 pounds with a stocky build, a tan complexion, short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident contact Detective Ernest Matsumoto Jr. by phone at 961-2378 or by email him at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Derek Morimoto by phone at 961-2380 or by 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.