East Hawaii man, woman indicted on firearm charge

  • ANGEL L. ANO
  • BENJAMIN MANUEL III

HILO — A 29-year-old Pahoa woman sought by police for questioning in an attempted murder investigation has been indicted on an unrelated firearms charge along with a man police say they also want to talk to in connection with the attempted murder case.

A Hilo grand jury on Feb. 7 indicted Angel L. Ano and 35-year-old Benjamin Manuel III of Glenwood on a single count of carrying a loaded firearm on a public roadway for an incident Jan. 19 on Ahuna Road in the Panaewa neighborhood of Hilo.

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Ano and Manuel were previously charged for the Hilo firearms offense, and both are free on $5,000 bail each.

Both have a court date at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Hilo District Court, but the indictment moves the case to Hilo Circuit Court. Both will be arraigned in the higher court after they’re re-arrested on a bench warrant issued with the indictment. That warrant carries the same $5,000 bail amount for each.

According to court records, the police report for the Hilo firearms incident has been sealed, but a police log indicates the firearm in question is a handgun.

Police have publicly sought Ano since an early morning incident on Friday in which an unknown gunman fired a shot at a police officer in Tiki Gardens subdivision off Ainaloa Boulevard near Pahoa.

Officers responded to the subdivision after receiving several reports at about 6 a.m. of gunshots, followed by the sound of a woman shouting. Police think Ano, who was described as a Tiki Gardens resident was the woman heard shouting. Witnesses reportedly told police the woman drove away from the area shortly after the incident.

One of the responding officers encountered a man attempting to leave the area on a dirt bike. Police said the man dropped the bike, then got up, pointed a long gun, and fired a shot at the officer, which missed. The man then ran into nearby bushes.

The officer reportedly did not return fire.

The investigation has been classified as attempted first-degree murder, because the alleged intended victim is a police officer.

Police Lt. Miles Chong of the Hilo Criminal Investigations Section said police have the warrants on both Ano and Manuel.

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Chong stopped short of identifying Manuel as a suspect or person of interest in the attempted murder case, but said, “He’s someone we want to talk to.”

Email John Burnett at jburnett@hawaiitribune-herald.com.