HPD Searches for UH Hilo Sexual Assault Suspect

October 5, 2018, 11:27 AM HST
* Updated October 5, 1:30 PM
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The Hawai‘i Island Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an unknown male in connection with a sexual assault reported to have occurred at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Surveillance image of sexual assault suspect provided by HPD.

Police were called to the university just after 8 p.m. and learned that a female student reported to campus security that she had been accosted by an unknown male within a restroom on campus about a half hour earlier.

The victim described the suspect as a black male approximately 6 feet tall, wearing black denim pants and a backpack.

The image above was captured on a campus security surveillance camera. It depicts a man matching the description given by the victim and was taken in close proximity to the time and location of the reported sexual assault.

The investigation is being conducted by detectives assigned to the department’s Juvenile Aid Section. Anyone who may have any information regarding the identity of the male depicted in the photograph is asked to call Detective Richard Itliong at (808) 961-2278 or the police non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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