Tourist assaulted while taking photo of turtle


PUNALUU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police are asking for the public's help finding a man wanted for questioning in connection with an assault at Punaluu Black Sands Beach on January 12.

A 29-year-old man from Meadow Lake, Oregon, was taking pictures of turtles when another man confronted him and told him to stay away from the turtles.

The suspect then punched the cameraman in the left eye and took his camera and wrestled him to the ground. During the ensuing struggle, the victim's girlfriend retrieved the camera.

Bystanders separated the two men and the victim's girlfriend took a picture of the suspect.

Police ask that anyone with information on his identity call Officer James Lorenzo at 939-2520 or the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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