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Man Charged with Attempted Murder in January Honoli’i Shooting

February 25, 2016, 9:10 AM HST
* Updated February 25, 10:18 AM
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John Perez. HPD photo.

John Perez. HPD photo.

Forty-three-year-old John Perez has been charged in connection to an early morning shooting near the Honoli’i lookout on Jan. 31.

Area I Criminal Investigations Section detectives charged Perez at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning with attempted second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, ownership/possession prohibited, and firearm on highway.

Perez’ bail was set at $350,000 and he remains at the Hilo police cellblock awaiting his initial court appearance, set for Friday afternoon.

HPD continues to seek witnesses to the shooting, which occurred just before 4:35 a.m.

Early in the morning on Jan. 31, officers responded to several reports of gunshots in the Honoli’i lookout area. Upon arrival, police noted evidence of a shooting and closed off Kahoa Street.

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Around the same time, officers at Hilo Medical Center on an unrelated incident were notified that a shooting victim had arrived at the emergency room. The victim, a 31-year-old man, was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle following the shooting at the lookout.

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The victim underwent surgery at HMC and was transferred to an Oahu hospital in guarded condition for further treatment.

On Feb. 8, HPD issued an alert seeking 29-year-old Scottie Yanagawa for questioning in the incident. He was listed as armed and dangerous

Yanagawa was killed by officers on Feb. 9 after he reportedly discharged a round from a handgun.

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Anyone with information on the incident should contact Detective Clarence Davies by calling 961-2383 or e-mailing [email protected], or Detective Todd Pataray by calling 961-2382 or e-mailing [email protected].

Those who prefer to remain anonymous should call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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