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UPDATE: Kamuela Man Charged in Connection Assault on Visitors

February 15, 2017, 2:39 PM HST (Updated February 16, 2017, 11:00 AM) · 3 Comments
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UPDATE: Feb. 16

A Kamuela man has been charged in connection with a violent confrontation with two visitors from California near Hapuna Beach Park on Monday, Feb. 13.

At 8:20 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 30-year-old Herbert A. M. Lee was charged with second-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree assault. His bail was set at $7,000.

He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17.

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A Kamuela man has been arrested in connection with a violent confrontation with two visitors from California.

In response to a 4:48 p.m. call Monday, Feb. 13, reporting an assault, South Kohala officers responded to Hapuna Beach Park.

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A 64-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman from Sacramento, California, reported that as they were leaving the park on bicycles, a truck drove into the park using the exit lane, forcing the bikes to veer off the road. The male bicyclist then shouted at the driver.

A short time later, while the bicyclists were at Hapuna Beach Road and Old Puakō Road, the truck approached them.

The driver exited the truck, assaulted both bicyclists, took the man’s cellular phone and then fled when a Good Samaritan tried to intervene.

The victims were treated at the scene by Hawai‘i Fire Department medics.

Investigation led to the identity of the suspect as 30-year-old Herbert A. M. Lee.

He was arrested Wednesday morning in Kona on suspicion of second-degree robbery and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

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