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Police: Two Men Arrested in ‘Drive-By’ Paintball Incidents in Kona


September 22, 2022, 4:48 PM HST

Two Big Island men were arrested in connection with “drive-by” paintball shootings in Kona.

Officers with the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Kona Patrol arrested and charged 18-year old Cyan Batha of Waimea for two counts of third-degree assault. Another man, 27-year old Sailus Gamsey of Kailua-Kona, was also arrested but was released pending further investigation.

At 12:38 a.m. Thursday, Kona Patrol officers were assigned to a report of two unidentified males in a dark-colored truck shooting paintballs at random people on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona. Officers contacted two separate victims who had visible injuries consistent with being shot by a paintball.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle, being driven by Gamsey, and subsequently arrested the two men.

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Anyone with information about this incident or who might have witnessed it is encouraged to call the police department’s nonemergency line at 808-935-3311 or contact Sgt. Erich Jackson at 808-326-4646, ext. 253, or via email at [email protected].

Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.



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