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

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:09 p.m. HST, Apr 07, 2013

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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hikine wrote:
Should throw him over the ledge!
on April 7,2013 | 03:35PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
4 month Manhunt? Looks like a hedgehog.
on April 7,2013 | 09:48PM
Mallory wrote:
He must be a coward who can only pick on japanese women to throw off the cliff. i like see him try and pull that off on a local
on April 7,2013 | 03:40PM
allie wrote:
or me...
on April 7,2013 | 04:23PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE - really? You think saying "YIKES!" is going to scare him off? Hon
on April 7,2013 | 07:05PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE yeah right! Saying "Yikes!" is going to scare him off. Hon
on April 7,2013 | 07:07PM
loio wrote:
wow, brah, those locals must be really tough, eh! how 'bout try pull 'em on anybody but a female Japanese tourist.
on April 7,2013 | 05:48PM
entrkn wrote:
People were hiding this monster and they all need to go down hard too...
on April 7,2013 | 03:59PM
HD36 wrote:
There's a whole band of homeless like him living on Kauai.
on April 7,2013 | 04:09PM
allie wrote:
yup..mainland whites hanging out
on April 7,2013 | 04:23PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
You are a fraud.
on April 7,2013 | 08:48PM
aomohoa wrote:
Oh so you know where he is from allie? You seem to know everything and oh so strong, that he couldn't throw you off a cliff. LOL!
on April 7,2013 | 09:50PM
false wrote:
So really the DLNR has its mission. Some think that maybe DLNR is only a waste ridden State Agency.
on April 7,2013 | 05:57PM
false wrote:
A sister of mine works in the Division of Forestry and Wildlife of the DLNR and has one of the most coveted work as a secretary and has worked for The State for 20 years lol. I have to respect anyone who can work at the same place for 20 years straight. I have not asked her however i guess she is a member of the HGEA.
on April 7,2013 | 06:01PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Well, maybe not ONLY a waste ridden place.
on April 7,2013 | 10:07PM
sailfish1 wrote:
What kind of monsters do we have in Hawaii? This guy should get at least 20 years in a mainland prison. Unfortunately, we also have stupid judges in Hawaii who will give him a ridiculously light sentence.
on April 7,2013 | 06:17PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Hey now FISH, this lowlife is not from Kauai, or Hawaii for that matter......he is one of many good for crud imports plaguing our island....maybe we give him 20 years in a Japanese jail.
on April 7,2013 | 10:11PM
Mana07 wrote:
"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." *Woman* - my gosh what is wrong with these writers?! Does no one proof read this stuff?
on April 7,2013 | 09:49PM
nitpikker wrote:
what about his sister defending him??? maybe SHE should get thrown off a cliff?!?!
on April 7,2013 | 11:16PM
pj737 wrote:
They got the wrong guy. That's Ben Affleck.
on April 7,2013 | 11:41PM
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