Thursday, May 30, 2002

Man allegedly punches
HPD’s ‘Officer of the Year’

The incident occurs before
he leads a tour of a group of seniors

By Nelson Daranciang

The last thing Honolulu police officer Leland Cadoy remembers hearing before being punched in the jaw were the words of his alleged assailant, "God said ..."

Cadoy, the 2002 Police Officer of the Year, was getting ready to take a group of senior citizens on a tour of police headquarters on Beretania Street about 9:40 a.m. yesterday when he was attacked.

"A gentleman just came up. He looked like he needed help, so we asked him, 'Do you need help?' And he punched me," Cadoy said.

In front of the seniors, Cadoy and Sgt. Robert Rawlins chased the 19-year-old man through the foyer of the police station, yelling, "Grab him," and then tackling him on the grass in front of the building. They arrested the man for allegedly assaulting a police officer, a misdemeanor.

Rawlins said the suspect told them he was hearing voices. Another thing that caught their attention was that the man "kept looking at the uniform," Cadoy said.

The man later told the officers that he had just been discharged from Queen's Medical Center, Rawlins said.

After arresting the man, the officers took him to Queen's Medical Center and then back to the cellblock.

Rawlins was treated at the scene for a minor injury to his right wrist. Cadoy had his picture taken with the members of the group after they completed their tour, then went to Straub Hospital for examination and treatment of pain to his head and jaw.

The tour was an excursion for 27 seniors and five members of the Waikiki Citizens Patrol, said Jeffrey Apaka, Waikiki Community Center community relations director.

The seniors said the arrest was the highlight of their tour, Apaka said.

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