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UPDATE: Police Looking For Victim of Possible Assault in Pahoa

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*Updated at 10:04 a.m. Thursday, June 27.*

Police today are continuing to investigate a possible assault Tuesday night or Wednesday morning in Pahoa — for which no victim has been identified.

The investigation stems from the discovery Wednesday morning of blood fronting a business on the main street of the lower Puna town , said Capt. Robert Wagner.

“It appeared someone was injured and we are trying to identify them,” he said.

No one has yet been identified as receiving medical care corresponding to the incident, Wagner said.

Although a fair amount of blood was found, at this point it is not certain that it was the result of an assault, he said.

Police on Wednesday night put out a call for the public’s help locating a 58-year-old man who police suspected may have been a witness. The man was located later that evening, but was not able to provide information on the source of the blood.

Police are continuing their search for persons known to frequent Pahoa in an attempt to learn what caused the bleeding.

*Update at 6:29 p.m.:*

Police are asking for the public’s help finding a 58-year-old man who may be a witness to an assault that occurred Tuesday in Pahoa.

Police said Alfred Kumalae is Hawaiian, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and black and gray hair.

He is known to frequent Pahoa and also the Mooheau Bus Terminal in Hilo.

Anyone with information on Kumalae’s whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or Det. Grant Todd at 961-2385.


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