HPD Task Force Aimed at Criminal Offenders Results in Eight Arrests

The Hawai`i Police Department, between August 12 and August 23, has increased apprehension efforts to arrest suspects with outstanding warrants and suspects of being involved in crimes related to auto thefts, drugs, and firearm possession.

Police have arrested and charged eight suspects after serving arrest warrants. The suspects apprehended are from the Hilo and Puna districts.

Police arrested and charged Wailani Kenui, Natasia Fontes, Bronson Oili, Lance Ishibashi, Kuuipo Kalani, Brandon Cabral, Jadelin Grammer, and Jason Mitchell with arrest warrants.

The warrant service is part of a focus aimed at deterring crime and crime prevention with suspects identified involvement in serious crimes. Police have used arrest warrants; in the removal of these suspects as a means of trying to get the offenders off the street.

“The primary goal of this Task Force is to identify the offenders that have ties to offenses involving drugs, auto thefts or potentially having possession of firearms, and apprehend them as quickly as possible before we have bigger issues.” according to South Hilo Patrol Captain Kenneth Quiocho.

“The Puna District is our neighbor, so Captain Briski (Puna Patrol District Commander) and I collaborated and elected to work on our crime issues together. We assembled a Task Force focusing on lowering the crime in the districts. It has been very effective thus far, and it’s a work in progress.”

Recently HPD investigated several incidents involving Joshua Hams who wreaked havoc in several districts while in possession of a firearm before being apprehended in Kona.

Earlier in the week, police also arrested and charged a Hilo man after finding him in possession of a rifle. A search warrant executed on the truck he was in operation of resulted in the recovery of another rifle, ammunition, and drugs.

HPD photos.