Hawaii Island police have opened a criminal investigation after officers recovered two electronic stun devices from a vendor at the Makuu Farmers Market on Sunday morning, June 29.
The devices that were recovered had the appearance of a cellular phone, and police received additional information that other devices previously displayed had the appearance of a Maglight-type flashlight.
Police remind the public that the possession, sale, gift or delivery of electric guns/devices is illegal under section 134-16 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and is a misdemeanor assault offense.
The definition of an “electric gun” means any portable device that is electrically operated to project a missile or electromotive force.
Persons who may have purchased such a device are advised to destroy the item or turn it in to the nearest police station for recovery and destruction.
Police ask anyone with information about other vendors selling similar devices to report this to the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.