UPDATE: Wanted Man Located

Updated on April 15.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department reports that Jake Branch was arrested in the District of South Kohala on Wednesday morning.

 Branch was wanted on multiple outstanding Criminal Contempt of Court bench warrants, BOLO’s for Resisting an Order to Stop, Reckless Driving and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to a Vehicle.

Original story published at 12:26 p.m. on April 13.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is renewing requests for the public’s assistance in locating Jake Branch, a 35-year-old male who is known to frequent the west side of Hawaiʻ island.

Branch is wanted on multiple outstanding Criminal Contempt Bench Warrants, BOLO’s for Resist Order to Stop, Reckless Driving, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to a Vehicle.

Branch was most recently contacted by police on April 11 while operating a stolen white Toyota Tacoma Pickup in North Kohala. The vehicle was reported stolen from the Puna District on April 1. The vehicle evaded officers but was later located in the South Kohala District, where officers once again attempted to contact Branch. The vehicle again fled and was located a short time later, abandoned, in the 62-2000 block of Kanehoa Street in South Kohala.

Additionally, Branch is wanted for questioning related to a Burglary reported in North Kohala on April 11.

Branch is described as being 6-feet 3-inches tall and approximately 285 pounds. He has long brown hair. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency number (808) 935-3311.

HPD provided photo.

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