Officer Arrested, Charged Following Alleged Assault of Minor

The Hawai`i Police Department is investigating an assault that occurred at the Salvation Army Interim Home in Hilo.

At approximately 3:50 p.m. on Friday, police responded to a report of a male minor who had been physically assaulted at the home at about 12:45 a.m. that day.

Staff at the home related that they called police to address the minor who was an outstanding runaway and had turned himself in at the home. They went on to allege that the responding officer, while talking to the boy at the home, kicked the boy’s leg then struck the side of his head with his hand. Shortly after the incident, the officer left and later that morning the boy ran away again while being transported to school.

The victim has since turned himself in again for the subsequent runaway report and did not require any medical attention.

On Saturday at approximately 8:05 p.m., 32-year-old Daniel Kuwabara, a police officer assigned to the South Hilo district, upon conferral with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, was arrested and charged with third degree assault after turning himself in at the Hilo police station. He was released after posting $500 bail and is expected in South Hilo District Court on May 29 at 1:30 p.m. for his initial appearance.

The officer has been placed on leave without pay while an administrative investigation is conducted by the department’s Office of Professional Standards.

This investigation was conducted by detectives assigned to the Area I Criminal Investigations Section.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Tuckloy Aurello at (808) 961-2385 or tuckloyaurello@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.