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Manhunt continues for man who allegedly threw woman from cliff

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:42 a.m. HST, Dec 21, 2012

Kauai police Thursday closed Kuhio Highway on the North Shore just north of Limahuli Gardens while the manhunt continues for the 37-year-old man suspected of throwing a Japanese tourist off a cliff near Kalalau Beach.

The 31-year-old Japanese visitor, who was thrown off a 15-foot cliff in Kalalau on Sunday, remains in critical condition at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Police said the hiker was camping in Kalalau.

Police have posted a $1,000 reward for anyone who provides information resulting in the arrest of suspect Justin Wynn Klein.

The closure blocks roadway access to Kee Beach and the adjacent parking lots. 

Access to the Kalalau Trail via the Kee Beach trailhead, the Na Pali Coast State Park and Haena State Park remain closed to the public until further notice.

The closures allow law enforcement to continue their search.

Klein is described as a Caucasian male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, with brown hair in a Mohawk style, possibly a moustache and a beard, and a band style tattoo around his left arm.

Klein is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information on Klein’s whereabouts is asked to call the Kauai Police Department at 241-1711. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Kauai CrimeStoppers at (808) 241-1887.

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PokeStop wrote:
Klein is a real tough guy...throwing a Japanese tourist who probably stands 5' and 100 lbs! Wait until the natives at Halawa get a hold of this guy.
on December 20,2012 | 07:48AM
sak wrote:
He must have come to Kauai on the last Ferry Ride, and has no way back to Waianae.
on December 20,2012 | 07:50AM
8082062424 wrote:
Klein is described as a Caucasian male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, with brown hair in a Mohawk style, possibly a moustache this person would not fit in Waianae. he also seems to know his way around kauai which means he been there a while and has friends
on December 20,2012 | 08:54AM
allie wrote:
oh he fits perfectly in waianae
on December 20,2012 | 09:24AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Allie fits perfectly as a smear on squares of Charmin.
on December 20,2012 | 07:22PM
8082062424 wrote:
well miss hater how many Caucasian males, 6 feet 1 inch tall, with brown hair in a Mohawk style do you think you would see in waianae. when will you ever learn not to speak on thing you do not know.Do you really enjoy looking stupid?
on December 21,2012 | 10:00AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Aquarius and 8082062424 - Allie enjoys that taste of her feet. That's why she permanently has both of them stuffed into her mouth. Allie doesn't understand that "it's better for her to keep her mouth closed and have folks think she's st*pid than for her to open her mouth and let everyone know she's st*pid".
on December 21,2012 | 12:16PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Japanese tourists should not travel alone as he clearly has a specific target. Why are Japanese tourists so often the targets for criminals here?
on December 20,2012 | 07:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Sounds like you're blaming the victim.
on December 20,2012 | 09:07AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Not at all, check out crime statistics and see majority of crimes against tourists are committed to Japanese. Why?
on December 20,2012 | 02:50PM
8082062424 wrote:
They are great people and very friendly. maybe to trusting
on December 21,2012 | 10:01AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Could you explain, please, how it's obvious that he has a specific target? It doesn't seem obvious to me.
on December 20,2012 | 09:09AM
Anonymous wrote:
We need to ban cliffs over 15 feet high. Right?
on December 20,2012 | 04:58PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Anonymous - THAT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! With the staggering increase in the number of the useless, with that bonehead and allie being prime examples, an obvious possibility is to train them to make safety checks of these cliffs by taking test jumps and paying them minimum wage. That way they can provide a vital service and attain some degree of self worth by earning their own living instead of leeching off society.
on December 20,2012 | 06:15PM
soundofreason wrote:
We could develop a "splat factor" rating system.
on December 21,2012 | 06:26AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
No, we must keep from polluting our beautiful environent. They would wear un-padded fully sealed tear resistant urethane suits to prevent splatter.
on December 21,2012 | 08:12AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
They would be made to swallow a hydrostatic shock sensor to measure impact.
on December 21,2012 | 08:14AM
soundofreason wrote:
Don't be silly. We need to ban GROUND that is under 15 feet down.
on December 21,2012 | 06:26AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Absolutely NOT. That's just more rediculous regulation creating yet another useless government agency.
on December 21,2012 | 08:10AM
soundofreason wrote:
Take a breath........just kidding.
on December 21,2012 | 06:23PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
I blame you and Anonymous for getting me so worked up I passed out...:)
on December 22,2012 | 05:51AM
Maipono wrote:
This wingnut needs to be caught and put away. I would position officers at campsites at Kalalau Beach, Hanakoa, and Hanakapiai Beach. He has to come out of the valley he is hiding in time. Volunteers could be asked to comb the valleys, I'm sure many of us would be willing to be helicoptered in to search out the cockroach. I pray for the full recovery of the victim.
on December 21,2012 | 04:49AM
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