RON VALENCIANA / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-BULLETIN
Prior to the arrival of the Honolulu Police Department's Specialized Services yesterday, HPD officers controlled the Waialua standoff scene with assault rifles. Nearby, Waialua Elementary School authorities closed the school after being alerted by police.
Felon arrested after standoff
POLICE captured a convicted felon and theft suspect yesterday after a nearly five-hour standoff in Waialua, prompting a lockdown at an elementary school.
Curtis Worsham, 35, barricaded himself in a Waialua house about 11:30 a.m. and was believed to be armed and dangerous, police said.
Nearby, Waialua Elementary School authorities closed the school after being alerted by police.
Police had been searching for Worsham for about two weeks. He is wanted for questioning in a July 21 theft of $60,000 worth of lumber from Pictures Plus at Campbell Industrial Park.
Police received a tip that Worsham, who has 29 convictions, was at 67-335 Kanalu St. in Waialua. Police, a crisis negotiating team and a unit from the Specialized Services Division were sent to the home.
Crisis negotiators attempted to speak with Worsham starting at 2:40 p.m. and made contact an hour later, said police Capt. Frank Fujii.
Shortly after 4 p.m., Worsham surrendered peacefully, Fujii said.
Police recovered a rifle but are not sure whether the weapon belonged to Worsham. Police also impounded Worsham's van.
Worsham has been convicted of five felonies, 12 misdemeanors and 12 petty misdemeanors. The felonies include a theft, three burglaries and an auto theft.