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Police are searching for a Puna man in connection with a stabbing


Brannon Ramirez

Brannon Ramirez

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Puna man wanted in connection with a stabbing Friday morning.

The incident began with a domestic dispute at a convenience store on Kahakai Boulevard in Hawaiian Beaches between a 31-year-old Hawaiian Beaches woman and a 27-year-old Hawaiian Beaches man. During the argument, the man allegedly threw a beer bottle—which hit a 19-year-old man in a parked van—and then left the area.

A short time later, the mother of the man hit by the bottle and a relative—a 37-year-old Mountain View man—got into a confrontation with the couple from the original domestic argument on South Puni Mauka Loop near Aweoweo Street.

During the confrontation, the Mountain View man received lacerations to the chest, back, face and upper arms. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

Police have classified the incident as a first-degree assault and a third-degree assault. They are looking for 27-year-old Brannon Ramirez of Hawaiian Beaches, who also goes by the name “Listo.” He is described as 5-foot-11, 190 pounds with blue eyes, a muscular build, a shaved head and a partial goatee. He has several tattoos, including one with the word “Compton” on his abdomen and another with the numbers “155″ on his chest.

Police caution the public not to approach him, but instead, to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 if they see him or know his whereabouts, or contact Detective Norbert Serrao by phone at 961-2383 or by email at

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.

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