Police investigate stalking incident

A 55-year-old Waimea man is in police custody while detectives investigate a harassment by stalking incident that reportedly took place last week.

On Dec. 17, police received several calls reporting a green sedan was being chased through Waimea town by a green Dodge van. Investigation revealed the driver of the van attempted to pull over the new boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend to instigate a fight.

The van attempted to block the car and collided with it on several occasions until the victim was able to make his way to the parking lot of the Waimea police station. At that time, the suspect fled in the van.

On Monday, South Kohala patrol officers conducting a seat belt enforcement operation in Waimea stopped the suspect, John Amina, and arrested him on suspicion of five counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, one count each of criminal property damage, reckless driving, accident involving a vehicle and property, harassment by stalking, driving without a license, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts each of promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Amina is being detained at the Kona police cellblock while Kona Criminal Investigation Section detectives investigate.


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