2 charged with murder and robbery in death
Authorities charged two men last night with the strangulation murder of a 58-year-old man found in his Kapiolani Boulevard apartment last month with his hands bound behind him.
Sistine "Paco" Rangamar, 27, and Curtis Ray Brooks, 32, were each charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and kidnapping.
Bail was set at $750,000 each.
Police said robbery was a possible motive in the death of Ted Hiroshi Arifuku, who was found dead Jan. 15.
Homicide Lt. Bill Kato said the two men knew Arifuku had money.
"It looks like the motive may have been robbery," he said.
The Medical Examiner's Office determined Arifuku was strangled and that it was a homicide.
Arifuku was found lying face down in his apartment with his hands tied behind his back.
Rangamar was featured in a CrimeStoppers bulletin Monday as a person who could provide information concerning the killing.
Police found him in Iwilei and booked him Monday at the Kalihi Police Station for investigation of murder.
Brooks, who was arrested Jan. 24 for investigation of Arifuku's murder, was released as a suspect in the murder case but had remained in custody on narcotics charges at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.
Police transferred Brooks from OCCC to the police cellblock yesterday and then served him with an arrest warrant charging him with murder. He was taken back to prison later.
State records show Rangamar's criminal history is limited to a simple trespassing conviction in 2003 and that he was sentenced to 10 hours of community service, according to the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center.