For the second time this year, the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii recognized Officer Jeremy Kubojiri as the East Hawaii “Officer of the Month.” Kubojiri, a South Hilo patrol officer, was honored Thursday for apprehending a repeat offender and convicted felon wanted for crimes of violence and, four nights later, stopping multiple thefts and an attempted arson in progress.
On Nov. 4, Kubojiri spotted a speeding truck that pulled off to the side of the road. When Kubojiri approached, the driver began acting suspiciously and a glass pipe was observed in the truck. Kubojiri determined the driver was unlicensed, uninsured and wanted for felony assault and abuse by choking. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of crystal methamphetamine and marijuana, among other drugs. The driver was charged with three felony drug offenses, felony assault, felony abuse, driving with a revoked license and driving without insurance.
Four nights later, Kubojiri was patrolling downtown when he spotted a man with a moped and a bicycle who was throwing a burning object onto the roof of a garage. Police extinguished the fiery object, and determined the moped and bicycle belong to the garage owner.
Kubojiri arrested the suspect, who was later charged with five offenses, including felony theft and arson.
Kubojiri’s supervisor, Sergeant Paul Kim, wrote he nominated Kubojiri for the honor “because his consistent, proactive policing and thorough investigation led to the capture of a repeat offender wanted for violent crimes and the capture of an apparent thief and would-be arsonist downtown, making the streets safer for the community.”
In June, Kubojiri was named “Officer of the Year” for his performance of a special assignment as South Hilo Patrol’s drunk driving enforcement officer. As “Officer of the Month,” Kubojiri is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”
The East Hawaii “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii.