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Man sought after visitor thrown off Kalalau cliff

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 10:21 a.m. HST, Dec 18, 2012

Kauai police continued the search Monday for a man who allegedly threw a Japa­nese visitor off a cliff Sunday in Kala­lau, critically injuring her.

Police identified the suspect as Justin Wynn Klein, 37, last known to be living in Kilauea. Klein is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a brown mohawk, possibly a moustache and a beard, and a tribal band tattoo on his left arm.

He is considered dangerous and should not be approached, police said. Anyone with information on Klein's whereabouts is urged to call Kauai police at 241-1711.

Kauai police dispatch received a call at 4:40 p.m. Sunday of an injured female hiker in need of medical assistance. A Fire Department's helicopter airlifted the 31-year-old woman from a site near Kala­lau Beach to Princeville Airport. Paramedics then transported her to Wilcox Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

She remained in critical condition as of 4 p.m. Monday, said a news release from county spokes­woman Sarah Blane. She suffered multiple injuries, police said.

A witness told police the woman was thrown from a 15-foot-high cliff. Police said the hiker was camping in Kala­lau with a friend.

"We are saddened about the incident involving a visitor from Japan who was allegedly assaulted while hiking on Kauai yesterday," Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau, said Monday in an email. Kanoho said the agency is monitoring the situation and will provide support as needed.

Officials closed access to the Kala­lau Trail via the Kee Beach trail head, Na Pali Coast State Park and Haena State Park until further notice as police and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources conduct an investigation. Campers with permits affected by the closure can call the Division of State Parks to reschedule or request a refund or partial refund, said DLNR spokes­woman Debo­rah Ward.

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wiliki wrote:
Lock em up and throw away the key....
on December 18,2012 | 04:35AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Typical vague story by the Star/Advertiser. Did he just grab a tourist, and throw her off the cliff? Did he know her? Who else was involved? We've got another story today about some guy dragging his kid's Mom by the hair, and choking her. What's up with local males and women?
on December 18,2012 | 05:22AM
soundofreason wrote:
It's "the aloha" you hear so much about.
on December 18,2012 | 06:26AM
Slow wrote:
Simple: all local males despise all females. Or maybe that's an exaggerated generalization. Kind of like racism. However the comment about the S/A are right on. It has become a collection of press releases and a recap of the police blotter. Try Hawaii Reporter or Honolulu Civil Beat. Actual in depth news reporting.
on December 18,2012 | 06:51AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Peanut brain - He could be a transplant.
on December 18,2012 | 06:30PM
katana77 wrote:
Find an open desolated and non-inhabited island that we can drop these cretins on and let them have at each other.
on December 18,2012 | 07:32AM
cojef wrote:
A heinous crime, committed by a malihini who has no aloha for our visitors from overseas. A senseless crime with no advantage to the perp exceptnsatisfyingnhis personal demons. A mixed-upped,ndividual needing psychiatric help. he is definitely a threat to the public safety. He must be captured and anyone aiding him should be prosecuted.
on December 18,2012 | 10:46AM
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