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Hawaii County police locate two men in assault of witness

Hawaii island police have found two men in connection with a Wednesday night assault on a 20-year-old man identified as a witness in a manslaughter case against one of the suspects.

Police located the two wanted men as 21-year-old Waylen Keoni Carenio, who last known address was in Waimea, and 24-year-old Turner Kaimana Au of Hilo, police said today.

According to police, the victim was approached by one of the suspects outside Coqui’s Hideaway restaurant and brought to a vehicle where the other suspect was waiting. Once inside the car, the victim was restrained and assaulted. He eventually broke free and escaped. 

Police confirmed that the victim, who sustained minor injuries in the assault, is a witness in a manslaughter case against Carenio.

Carenio was indicted last week for allegedly recklessly causing the death of 44-year-old Roy Williams Jr. during a fight outside a bar on Dec. 4. 

A bench warrant was issued following the indictment.

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