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Kurtistown man charged with attempted murder


Big Island police have charged a 30-year-old Kurtistown man with attempted murder and other offenses.

Kainoa Arakaki

At 4:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 27) detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Kainoa Arakaki with attempted murder, second-degree assault, three counts of third-degree assault, three counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and two counts of first-degree criminal property damage.

His bail was set at $71,000. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance.

Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, officers from the Puna District responded to a report of a disturbance on Huina Road in Kurtistown. Responding officers observed a late-model Toyota truck with extensive damage disabled on the roadway with its driver, a 60-year-old Keaau man pinned inside.

Police saw another late-model Toyota truck leaving the scene. They stopped the driver, Arakaki, a short distance away and took him into custody.

Fire Department rescue personnel extricated the pinned victim from the truck and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Arakaki was also taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained prior to the crash. He was then released into police custody.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section urge anyone who witnessed the incident call detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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