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Kona Courthouse Arson Investigation Underway

March 3, 2016, 4:43 PM HST
* Updated March 3, 4:47 PM
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A first-degree arson investigation has been initiated by the Hawai’i Police Department after a fire that was started Thursday morning at a courthouse in Kona.

The incident occurred just before 7 a.m., when officers responded to a fire at Big Island Drug Court on Haleki’i Street in Kealakekua.

Upon arrival, officers learned that the fire was put out by individuals passing by using fire extinguishers from the courthouse.

At the time of the fire being set, two employees were inside the courthouse. No injuries were reported.

Authorities say damage was limited to the front door and a wall.

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An HPD investigation revealed that the fire was set by a “local male” who was wearing board shorts and a hooded sweatshirt.

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The suspect fled in a pickup truck that appears to be primer gray with a black tailgate, black rims, and a black front bumper grill.

Police are also seeking individuals who may have been in a sedan in the area who may have witnessed the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the fire, the suspect, or the occupants of the sedan should call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Walter Ah Mow directly at 326-4646, extension 238. Detective Ah Mow can also be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

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

Arson suspect. HPD provided photo. Click to enlarge.

Arson suspect. HPD provided photo. 

Suspect vehicle, in the foreground. HPD provided photo. Click to enlarge.

Suspect vehicle, in the foreground. HPD provided photo. 

Possible witness vehicle. HPD provided photo. Click to enlarge.

Possible witness vehicle. HPD provided photo. 

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