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Thursday, July 31, 2003



Police charge suspect
in violent car theft


Police filed charges yesterday against a man they say stole a car and injured four people as he tried to get away earlier this week.

Steven Adams, 31, was charged with robbery, negligent injury and auto theft and was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail. Police said he has no local address.

Police said that on Monday, Adams stole a Lexus that was parked, with the motor running, outside the Frog House Restaurant at 1604 Kalakaua Ave.

The car's owner had gone inside the restaurant to pick up some food and was slightly injured when Adams hit her with the car as she tried to stop him, police said.

Adams then ran a red light at the intersection of Punahou and South King streets and crashed into another car, injuring three people, according to police.

A 45-year-old Honolulu man and his two children -- a boy, 11, and a girl, 7 -- remained hospitalized at the Queen's Medical Center.

Adams fled on foot but was caught nearby.

There was a warrant for Adams' arrest at the time for violating the terms of his probation.

His criminal history includes convictions for drug and drug paraphernalia possession and third-degree sexual assault.

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