Hāmākua Coast Crime Report: June 2018

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Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hāmākua Coast Community Police responded to five burglaries, three thefts, two vehicle thefts, seven incidents of criminal property damage, two drug-related incidents and three assaults in June 2018.

There were no sexual assaults or robberies (taking property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear) reported in this time frame.

The complete list of locations and incident details are as follows:


  1. At a business on Old Māmalahoa Highway in Laupahoehoe, unknown suspects broke into the business and removed a cabinet containing a safe.
  2. At a business on Mamane Street in Honoka‘a, unknown suspects broke into the business removing the cash drawer, an ipad and several t-shirts without permission.
  3. At a residence on Ho‘o Kahua Road in Pa‘auilo, unknown suspects broke into the residence and removed several items to include jewelry and cash.
  4. At a residence on Honoka‘a-Waipi‘o Road in Honoka‘a, unknown suspects entered the residence through a window and removed several tools without permission.
  5. At a residence on Ho‘olokahi Street in Honoka‘a, unknown suspects entered the residence and removed several items to include sunglasses, jewelry and cash without permission.


  1. At a farm on Highway 19 near the 20 mile marker in Ninole, a male suspect removed several bunches of banana without permission.
  2. At a business on Old Māmalahoa Highway in Laupahoehoe, after being in an argument with the victim, the suspect, M-35, took the victim’s keys to her vehicle without permission. The suspect turned himself in the next day and was arrested on several charged to include Theft 3, Violation of Protective Order and Assault 2.
  3. At a property in Waipi‘o Valley, Honoka‘a, barbed wire fencing was removed from the property without permission.


  1. While driving on Highway 19 near the 25 mile marker in Laupahoehoe, the victim reported he heard something hit his rear window and did not notice it was damaged at the time. The next day he saw the window was shattered.
  2. While driving on Highway 19 in Laupahoehoe, a the victim reported being in a road rage incident where the suspect used his rental vehicle to cut him off near Leopolino Road. The victim and suspect got out of their vehicles where the suspect used a blunt object and smashed a baseball sized dent on the drivers side quarter panel and yelled out a derogatory slur causing the victim to feel alarmed. A connect up harassment investigation was initiated.
  3. At a business on Old Māmalahoa Highway in Laupahoehoe, an unknown suspect damaged smashed a window on the front porch and left the area on foot.
  4. At a residence on Honoka‘a-Waipi‘o Road in Honoka‘a, Delsin Amaral M-25, was arrested and charged for several offenses to include Abuse of a Family Household Member and 2 counts of Criminal Property damage after a verbal argument turned physical. Amaral punched the side mirror of a vehicle and smashing an iPhone causing damage.
  5. At a business on Kika Street in Honoka‘a, Lillia Jilon, F-34 was arrested and charged for Harassment and Criminal Property Damage after she threw a rock that struck and broke a sink.
  6. At a property in Waipi‘o Valley in Honoka‘a, an unknown suspect damaged a sign.
  7. At a business on Leuhua Street in Honoka‘a, an unknown suspect damage a hinge to a concession door.


  1. At a residence on Kukui Street in Honoka‘a, a gray 2015 Toyota Truck was borrowed by F-16 and later seen operated by Joshua Ancheta M-27. The truck was not returned by F-16. Ancheta was later arrested as he did not have permission to drive the truck.
  2. In the area of Pa‘auilo Landing in Honoka‘a, M-31 reported that his live-in-girlfriend F-27, took his white 2010 Mazda sedan without permission and later returned the vehicle.


  1. After a traffic stop on Mamane Street in Honoka‘a, Justin Robledo M-26, vehicle was stopped after he was not wearing his seatbelt. Robledo was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant and after officers secured the vehicle, observed in plain sight a glass smoking pipe with milky residue. Area I Vice was contacted and the vehicle was towed to the South Hilo Police Station
  2. At a business on Highway 19 in Honoka‘a, a pouch containing crystals was found on the property.


  1. At a business on Mamane Street in Honoka‘a, two female students fell ill and transported to North Hawai‘i Community Hospital for evaluation by a physician. They reported eating breakfast with a recent acquaintance who had mixed marijuana in their meals without telling them. There were two assault investigations initiated.
  2. At a business on Plumeria Street in Honoka‘a, a female worker reported that a patient threw a water bottle at her while she was administering medication.



There have been a rash of car thefts islandwide. These stolen vehicles have been passing through the North Hawai‘i District.

  • Remember to lock your car doors and secure the windows as well as the moon and sun roof and back cab windows.
  • Hide items of value to include jewelry, loose change, shopping bags, personal information like pay checks/stubs, and mail.
  • Also do not leave the vehicle unlocked and keys in the ignition even though just for a brief moment.
  • When reporting seen a stolen vehicle, try to give dispatch a good description to include color, make and model of the vehicle and if possible a license plate. Give a location where the vehicle was last seen and direction of travel. Also if possible, a description of the driver/occupants.
  • Be vigilant, don’t give criminals an opportunity to commit crimes.
  • If you see suspicious persons and/or activity, don’t hesitate to report it to the police. The police non-emergency number (808) 935-3311 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Capt. Jason Cortez has joined the Hāmākua Community Police Department, recently transferring from North Kohala on June 16, 2018, to fill the vacant captain’s position after Capt. Andrew Burian was promoted to major of technical services in South Hilo.

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