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UPDATE: Alleged Rock-Thrower Charged

April 11, 2012, 5:56 PM HST
* Updated April 12, 4:03 PM
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Big Island police have charged a Hilo man for allegedly throwing a rock through the window of a passing vehicle Tuesday afternoon in Puna.

Police are continuing to look for witnesses to the incident that occurred near the intersection of Highway 130 and Highway 132, also known as Pahoa-Kapoho Road.

Police said a Pahoa man was driving a 1995 maroon and bronze Chevrolet Astro van on Highway 130 at about 2:10 p.m. when the rock was thrown through the passenger side of the windshield. The 59-year-old driver of the van was not injured, police said.

Police on Thursday charged John Vezina, 49, of Hilo on suspicion of first-degree criminal property damage and attempted criminal property damage.

The second charge is related to a report from a 52-year-old Pahoa woman who told police that a man threw a rock at her car shortly after the first incident. The woman said she managed to hit her brakes and avoid being hit.

Police are asking anyone who saw either incident or who has seen anyone throwing rocks at vehicles in the area to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Joel Field by phone at 961-2381 or by email at [email protected].

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