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Police arrest Keaau man after getting tip from Hawaiian Paradise Park resident


Ronald Keiki Lopes Jr.

Ronald Keiki Lopes Jr.

Big Island police have charged a 29-year-old Keaʻau man with various offenses stemming from a break-in Wednesday (October 24) in Puna.

Shortly before 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, a 42-year-old Hawaiian Paradise Park man called police and reported hearing noises from a nearby residence at which the occupant was not home. Responding Puna patrol officers discovered Ronald Keiki Lopes Jr. in the house in the process of dismantling a solar powered system.

Officers also observed an ice pipe with residue and syringes that were visible on the front seat of the car Lopes drove to the scene.

Lopes was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section continued the burglary investigation and detectives from the Vice Section continued the drug investigation.

Thursday afternoon (October 25), after detectives conferred with prosecutors, Lopes was charged with one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree promoting a dangerous drug, and two counts of prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $65,000. He remains in the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Lieutenant Gregory Esteban from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section credited the Police Department’s partnership with the community for the arrest of this suspect.

“Citizens are playing a more active role in protecting their communities and, as a result, programs such as Neighborhood Watch and Crime Stoppers are successful,” Esteban said. “Those extra sets of eyes have proven invaluable in effective police work.”

Police continue to ask that anyone with information on burglary activities contact either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or or Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or

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.

9 Responses to “Police arrest Keaau man after getting tip from Hawaiian Paradise Park resident”

  1. Don’t tell me Hawai’i Paradise Park is known as HPP – lovely! Oh, btw, with meaningful and truthful education, instilling a deep respect of the traditional owners neighbourhood crime would be all but non existent – you can tell how assimilated the islands are to USA culture by the incarseration rate – bravo USA – a perfect model of commercial exploitation here in Hawai’i to use in arresting Iraq, Afghanistan, China, on, and on. Globalization.

    • BaronSekiya says:

      Fixed, it was just supposed to be in the URL. But many here would know where HPP, HOVE, PTA and a few other places are by their acronyms.

      • OMG, its worse than I imagined BS! (BS?)
        And how ‘d hell do developers, settlers, County get off calling places Paradise when the system’s so-called War on Drugs is staged there?

        • To control, divide, conqure and scramble a community: a) create rich and poor b) foster lies, ignorance, confusion c) inject illegal drugs the crazy kind (pot is no good for creating havoc, except good for criminalizing people) d) use profits from drug sales to buy suits and envible estates (with big fences and elaborate alarm and security to keep the crazies, homeless and new drug addicts in other neighbourhoods)
          Did you happen to report on how Mit Romney’s Bain Capital appears to have been involved in drug running in the 70s – from Nicuagura to the USA – its worth many millions of dollars. His tax returns might prove this. Imagine how profitable and powerful nation drug injecting must be. Hawai’i Island is a small but nevertheless luckative and telling snapshot of the “game”. Imagine how profitable China and India will become as they assimilate to USA kin’ anti-culture of national drug programs, neighbourhood fighting and privatized prisons.
          If Ronald Keiki Lopes Jr. did this crime for ‘the next fix’ he’s probably too abused to be thinking straight – but a lawyer defending him with the facts of how drugs are pushed into the community – together with the facts pertaining to Hawaiian occupation and subversionn of education – he would be found not guilty and the entities responsible charged with reconciliation.
          “Neighborhood Watch” might someday have the courage to watch the source of crime – I’ll wait.

          • Look for “173%” in this LA Times article:
            July 19, 2012 “Bain Capital started with help of offshore investors”
            LA Times appears to be saying Bain Capital was used to launder drug running money while Bush Sr. was president. Others investigating the era report CIA and White House involvement.

  2. BabaluKika says:

    Michael Daly Artist: take your meds.

  3. @ Baron Sekiya ~ Acronyms’ are effective when 1st properly projected-spelled out with the full name/title … I can definitely understand the bristling irritation Michael Daly is expressing ~ I get annoyed when I have to hunt elsewhere in the article to find “whom-what-where” is being discussed to fully understand the gist of the article in the 1st reading … too much assuming isn’t a writer’s forte :)

  4. that guy says:

    Why does every stupid 2-bit criminal have a face tattoo, drug paraphernalia on them while committing crimes and at least 2 warrants for there arrest.


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