Hilo man wanted in sex assault investigation

Hawaii Island police are searching for a 65-year-old Hilo man wanted for multiple warrants of arrest and questioning in a sexual assault investigation.

James R. Lawrence is wanted on two warrants for driving without a valid license and no motor vehicle insurance. He is also wanted for questioning in connection with an unrelated sexual assault investigation.

Lawrence is described as local/Hawaiian, 5-foot-5, 140 pounds with graying black hair, brown eyes and is possibly homeless in the Hilo or Puna areas.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 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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