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Manhunt ends as Kauai police arrest suspect in tourist’s assault

  • Justin Klein

    Justin Klein

Kauai police have arrested 37-year-old Justin Wynn Klein, who allegedly threw a Japanese visitor from a cliff on Kauai’s North Shore, following a multi-agency search that lasted nearly four months.

On Saturday afternoon, a tipster alerted police to a possible Klein sighting at Lydgate Beach Park in Kapaa. Officers located and arrested Klein around 5:30 p.m. near the pavilions.

On Dec. 16, Klein, was reportedly seen throwing a 31-year-old woman from a cliff in Kalalau Valley, then fled.

Police, firefighters and officers with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources closed the hiking trail and conducted an unsuccessful four-day sweep of the area. Police continued an island-wide investigation.

The women spent several days in critical condition at Wilcox Hospital and remained hospitalized for over a week before returning to Japan with her family.

In December, a Kauai grand jury returned an indictment on the charge of second-degree attempted murder and Klein’s bail on the warrant was set at $1 million.

His initial court appearance has not yet been scheduled and he remains in police custody.

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