Man rescued off Portlock
Firefighters rescued a man who jumped off China Wall in Portlock early yesterday morning during a heavy downpour and rough seas.
Friends of the local 23-year-old man called 911 at 1:15 a.m. after losing sight of him as he tried to swim back to shore, said Capt. Kenison Tejada, Fire Department spokesman.
The man was able to swim to a small cove and took shelter there, Tejada said.
A rescue boat and Air One helicopter were dispatched but were sent back after a crew from the Hawai'i Kai station was able to reach the man, he said.
"The tide had dropped low enough so that we were able to make our way right along the water's edge, over rocks, to get there," Tejada said.
The man was able to walk to shore. Police said he refused treatment.
VACANT HOUSE BURNS ON MAUI
An abandoned house burned yesterday near 'Iao Intermediate School.
The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. on Kalawi Place in Wailuku, Maui, and was extinguished within an hour, fire officials said. The 600-square-foot house was valued at $10,000. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
SUSPECT SOUGHT IN KUNIA ASSAULT
Police are asking for the public's help in capturing a man wanted in connection with the beating and sexual assault of a woman Wednesday morning in Kunia.
Police said the man picked up the woman at about 2:30 a.m. and drove her to a remote area in Kunia. While driving, police said the man severely beat the woman.
The man stopped the vehicle in the remote area, forced the woman out of the car and sexually assaulted her, police said. The car is described as a blue or green four-door sedan.
The man, who may be known as "Johnny Boy," is 20 to 30 years old, 5-foot-6, 150 pounds with light-colored eyes. Police said he had a tattoo of a demon creature with wings on his chest, a witch on his right forearm, and block letters on his back between his shoulder blades.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.