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Mountain View man arrested for murder of strangled and shot Eden Roc resident


Big Island Police have arrested a 48-year-old Mountain View man for a murder that occurred earlier this year in Puna.

On January 28, the body of 52-year-old Robert John Leong was found at a home in the Eden Roc subdivision. An autopsy determined that the victim died from a combination of ligature strangulation and a brain injury from a gunshot wound.

At 6:45 p.m. Wednesday (October 3), detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section arrested Walter Boyd Bremmer on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the investigation. Bremmer was also arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony. He remains in the Hilo police cellblock as detectives continue their investigation.

Police continue to ask that anyone with information on this investigation to call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email him at or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at Callers may also dial the police 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.

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