05/09/17 – Citizen Tips and Assistance Lead to Suspect in Mauna Kea Graffiti Case, Hawai‘i Island Woman Issued Criminal CitationPosted on May 9, 2017 in DOCARE, News Releases
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
|DAVID Y. IGE
SUZANNE D. CASE
For Immediate News Release May 9, 2017
CITIZEN TIPS AND ASSISTANCE LEAD TO SUSPECT IN MAUNA KEA GRAFFITI CASE
Hawai‘i Island Woman Issued Criminal Citation
(Hilo) – Assistance provided by the Native Hawaiian community allowed officers from the Hawai‘i Branch of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) to make contact with a suspect in the recent case of graffiti damage found at the Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve (NAR). As a result of this contact and investigation, Hope Cermelj of Kalapana, Hawai‘i was issued a citation for violating Rule 13-209-4 (3), Prohibited Activities within a Natural Area Reserve. Cermelj will be required to appear in Hilo District Court.
Graffiti was discovered on several rocks in the NAR on April 28th, as well as on structures belonging to the Office of Mauna Kea Management.
DLNR/DOCARE thanks community members who stepped forward to provide information and assistance. This was instrumental in locating and identifying the suspect.
Senior Communications Manager
Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources