Police ask homicide suspect Chris Santos to turn himself in as search efforts continue
The Kauaʻi Police Department said Sunday the search continues for Chris Santos, who is wanted in connection to a homicide that occurred on Sept. 7 on Kahili Mountain Road.
Officials said the incident was reported shortly before 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 7, and involves the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Kith Silva-Lacro of Kalāheo. A second victim involved remains in stable condition.
Santos is 48 years old, and is 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighs 250 pounds.
Police are advising the public to use extreme caution if they see Santos in the community. Do not approach him or attempt to contact him. He is considered armed and dangerous.
KPD Chief Todd Raybuck said the police department continues to follow up on credible leads and are working to apprehend Santos.
“Our community’s safety remains our number one priority, and we continue to remind all to stay vigilant. As the Chief of Police, I am personally asking Chris to contact us at KPD immediately so we can ensure everyone’s safety and negotiate a peaceful conclusion to this situation,” he said in a statement.
The public is also reminded that Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree is a felony offense punishable up to five years in prison. Rendering assistance to Santos includes providing money, transportation, weapons, disguises, or other means of avoiding discovery, apprehension, prosecution, or conviction. Anyone identified as providing assistance to Santos will be held accountable to the full extent of the law.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspected whereabouts of Chris Santos is urged to contact KPD Dispatch at 808-241-1711 or the General Crimes Lieutenant at 808-241-1683. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers Kauaʻi at 808-246-8300, or submit a tip at cskauai.org or through the Crime Stoppers Kauaʻi P3 Tips Mobile App.