Mauna Kea Access Road is closed while police continue to search for a suspect wanted in a carjacking earlier today.
Police have set up a roadblock at the entrance to Mauna Kea Access Road off the Saddle Road and are limiting access to the area.
The car stolen in the carjacking incident has been located off the Mauna Kea Access Road.
The suspect, 31-year-old Todd Rios,was seen fleeing into the brush.
Police are searching the area with help from a county helicopter crew. Police caution the public not to pick up hitchhikers on Saddle Road. Rios is described as 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and numerous tattoos, including one on his throat/neck area depicting brass knuckles. He may be in possession of a firearm.
Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID.
All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.