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Police Search for Witness Regarding Hilo Shooting

by Thunda

Hawai’i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the operator of a vehicle seen in the parking lot of the Puainako Town Center in Hilo on Friday morning, December 18, 2020, shortly after 4:00 a.m.

The vehicle, which is described as a white king-cab Nissan Frontier pickup truck with a dark-colored pipe rack, was captured on video surveillance in the McDonald’s drive thru, and then seen driving through the parking lot.

Police want to interview the driver and possible occupants as witnesses to the early morning shooting that killed 41-year-old Benjamin Craig Davidson.

Police ask anyone who may have information on the identity of the truck operator to call the Hawai’i Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective John Balberde at (808) 961-2386 or john.balberde@hawaiicounty.gov or Lieutenant Rio Amon-Wilkins at (808) 961-2252 or rio.amon-wilkins@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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