Suspect in Chinatown murder indicted, public’s help needed to find him

Tiseya Eric Puapuaga

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are still searching for the suspect in a Chinatown murder investigation, and are asking the public for help.

Tiseya Eric Puapuaga, 22, was indicted by an Oahu grand jury on Tuesday, Oct. 3, on three counts: second-degree attempted murder, carrying or use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, and place to keep pistol or revolver.

His bail was set at $1 million, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at around 11:45 p.m., Puapuaga allegedly shot Issac Mamea, 34, multiple times with a handgun as the victim sat in front of Maunakea Liquor and Grocery on Maunakea Street.

Mamea was taken to Queen’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just before 12:30 a.m.

According to police, Puapuaga fled in a white Toyota Matrix with the Hawaii license plate NTW 970. The vehicle has since been recovered.

Puapuaga is known to frequent the Chinatown, Aala Park, and Keeaumoku areas. He has ties to Northern California and previously lived in Sacramento.

Puapuaga is described to be 6-foot-1 and 350 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect.

Do not approach any suspect. All suspects and wanted fugitives should be considered armed and dangerous.

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