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Police are still searching for a Puna man wanted on a warrant


Joseph Paul Branco

Joseph Paul Branco

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 30-year-old Puna man who is wanted on a warrant for violating release on bail.

Joseph Paul Branco of Ainaloa, also known as JP Branco, is also wanted for questioning in an unrelated case. He is described as 5-foot-7, 140 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or

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.

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