Big Island police seek violent auto theft suspect

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police are renewing their request for information about a robbery and auto theft last week in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna.

A 41-year-old man reported that sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. on August 20, he was assaulted outside his house on Maile Street and a car was stolen from the driveway.

Police provided the following description of the suspect: local male, average height and weight with medium-length dark hair.

The car is described as a blue 2005 Kia Optima four-door sedan, license plate ZAT 755.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or

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.

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