Big Island man arrested for attempting to run down officers

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Aug 06 2014 05:13:30 AM HST
Updated On: Jul 22 2014 09:11:56 PM HST

We're getting our first look at the Pahoa man police say tried to run them over with a pink SUV. KITV4's Kenny Choi has more on how Big Island police are handling the case.

HONOLULU -

A Big Island man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder for attempting to run down two officers on Monday.

Click here to watch Kenny Choi's story.

38-year-old Riley Asuncion was taken to the Hilo police cellblock shortly before 7 p.m. Monday after being released from Hilo Medical Center. He was treated there for a bruise to his torso sustained when officers fired at him as he tried to run them down while they were on foot.

Asuncion was also arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and assault for the incident that started in downtown Hilo. Passersby reported what they thought was a domestic dispute in a vehicle.

The 30-year-old female victim, who was an acquaintance of Asuncion, managed to escape from the SUV before police located and began to pursue it just before 11:30 a.m. Police later located her in Hilo.

Asuncion remains in custody as police continue to investigate the situation.

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