Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Claw marks add to evidence of mystery cat

WAILUKU >> Wildlife officials have found additional claw marks 10 feet up a guava tree and have collected animal hair in their search for a "cat-like animal" on Maui.

William Van Pelt, a consultant working with the state, said the marks resemble those found in other trees in past weeks and appear to be consistent with marks of a large cat.

The evidence was found during a search of a gulch in lower Olinda yesterday. Van Pelt, a biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said he will take the hair sample back to his state for analysis.

Van Pelt was scheduled to meet today with residents of Olinda to bring them up to date on the search effort and any evidence of the animal.

He is scheduled to leave Maui today.



Police, Fire, Courts

Star-Bulletin staff

Public asked to help find 2 violent fugitives

Honolulu and Maui police along with Hawaii Federal Fugitive Task Force agents are asking for the public's assistance in locating Elvis Vaa Matagi and Alan Alika Vegas.

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Police said Matagi, 39, has a federal parole warrant and 16 felony convictions including seven weapon offenses, theft, assault, drugs and negligent homicide.

Vegas, 39, has warrants for drugs, assaulting a police officer, attempted theft in the first degree and bail jumping as well as eight felony convictions including escape, weapons, forgery, terroristic threatening, and theft.

Police said Matagi, also known as Elvis Natagi, is known to travel between Laie, Oahu, and Haiku, Maui. He is described as 6-foot, 3-inches tall, weighing about 250 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, a mustache and multiple tattoos on his left leg, ankle, left shoulder and neck.

Vegas is described as 6-foot, 1-inch tall, weighing about 225 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, a mustache and a goatee. Police said Vegas is missing his right index finger.

Anyone with information may call the Maui CrimeStoppers Hotline at 242-6966 or the Honolulu CrimeStoppers Hotline at 955-8300. Free calls may also be made by calling *CRIME on a cellular phone.

82-year-old man dies after being hit by SUV

An 82-year-old Kalihi man died yesterday after he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross King Street fronting Farrington High School.

Police said the man was struck by a sport utility vehicle about 7 a.m. He was not in a crosswalk. Firefighters who went to the scene said the man had been attempting to cross King Street from Winant Street.

The man was taken by ambulance in critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where he died about two hours later.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle, a 48-year-old Punchbowl man, was arrested on unrelated contempt warrants.

Man surrenders after hit-and-run incident

A 21-year-old Waianae man turned himself in to police Sunday, 10 hours after a hit-and-run accident in Nanakuli that injured a 30-year-old woman.

The man was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident then released without charges pending investigation.

Police said the woman was crossing Farrington Highway at Pohakunui Avenue when she was struck by a van traveling west on the highway. She was not in a crosswalk. The woman was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition.


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