Monday, February 8, 1999

Man in standoff
arrested in shooting
of Waiau woman

The victim was his neighbor,
who was scheduled to
appear in a drug trial

By Rod Ohira


A 27-year-old man involved in a 16-hour standoff with police over the weekend was arrested yesterday in connection with the shooting death of a Waiau woman.

Matthew James Clement is being held on two outstanding Family Court contempt warrants and also a charge of violating a temporary restraining order.

The alleged restraining order violation occurred Jan. 2 when Clement attempted to communicate with his girlfriend, police said.

He was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 98-114 Kauhihau Place in Waiau. Clement allegedly fled into the duplex at 4:45 p.m. Friday when Pearl City Crime Reduction Unit officers tried to arrest him on the warrants.

Homicide investigators were also looking to question Clement about the shooting death of his Hoono Street neighbor, whom police identified as 43-year-old Eleanor "Ellie" Wimberly, Lt. Allen Napoleon said.

Wimberly was shot to death in her home at 98-442 Hoono St. between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sources said the woman was shot four times in the head and once in the chest.

A gun has been recovered, sources said.

Specialized Services Division Maj. Kenneth Barker said no weapon was observed at the scene of Clement's arrest Saturday.

Barker added that the suspect was found hiding in an attic. He added that Clement refused to communicate with police while he was inside the house.

Wimberly, meanwhile, was scheduled to appear for trial next month for drug offenses, according to court records. Her court-appointed attorney, Louis Michael Ching, was unavailable for comment.

Police had arrested Wimberly's boyfriend, 39, for questioning last week but he was later released pending further investigation.

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