Police arrest Hilo carjacking suspect

Jeremy Todd Rios

Big Island police have located Jeremy Todd Rios, who was wanted in connection with a reported carjacking.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rios walked out of a pasture area onto Mauna Kea Access Road, where a police officer making checks in the area took him into custody.

Rios was arrested and was being taken to the Hilo Police cellblock, where he will be held while detectives continue the investigation.

At 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, South Hilo patrol officers responded to reports of a man flashing a firearm from a black Honda sedan while driving on Kinoole Street. Responding officers spotted the car in a parking lot on Kinoole Street near Kahaopea Street.

The car sped off onto Kinoole Street in the Hamakua direction and turned right on Ohea Street, broadsiding a pickup truck at the intersection of Ohea Street and Kilauea Avenue. He then exited the black Honda and stole a white Honda from a woman who was stopped in traffic because of the collision. The woman was not injured.

The suspect then drove away in the stolen Honda after striking another vehicle in traffic.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Jeremy Todd Rios of Hilo. He is described as 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and numerous tattoos, including one on his throat/neck area depicting brass knuckles. Police say he may have a firearm.

The stolen car is described as a white 2007 Honda Accord, license plate HHN 082, with front-end damage. It was last seen on Saddle Road in the vicinity of Mauna Kea Access Road.


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