Police, Fire, Courts
4 held in alleged mo-ped theft
Police arrested four North Shore teenagers Tuesday for investigation of theft in Haleiwa after they were spotted allegedly loading a stolen mo-ped into the bed of a pickup truck.
Police said the teens -- a 17-year-old boy and three men, one 18 and two 19 -- were allegedly putting a mo-ped into the back of a pickup truck, then drove off Kahuku-bound on Kamehameha Highway.
Police monitoring traffic at Iliohu Place and Iliohu Way stopped the pickup and found three stolen rental mo-peds in the truck's bed.
The teens were arrested at 11:26 p.m. Tuesday on investigation of second-degree theft and forfeiture.
Man who died in arrest identified
A 38-year-old man who died Tuesday night after a scuffle with police has been identified as Moses Henry Akana of Pearl City.
The Medical Examiner's Office has not released the cause of death.
Akana appeared to be sleeping inside a stolen rental car at a gas station at King and Punahou streets. When officers woke him, police say, he became combative and refused to get out of the car, and a struggle followed.
After officers brought him under control, removed him from the car and handcuffed him, he became unresponsive, police said.
Police then performed CPR and used a defibrillator.
Akana was taken in critical condition to Straub Clinic & Hospital, where he died, said Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the city Emergency Services Department. He was pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.
Police said they recovered evidence in the car that revealed he apparently had a heart condition. They also recovered methamphetamine and a pipe.
Honolulu Police Department's Internal Affairs is conducting an investigation into the death, including the conduct of the three officers involved.
Theft suspect caught by police
Police arrested an auto theft suspect early Tuesday after chasing him on foot in Kalihi.
Police said that at 1:38 a.m. an officer saw a vehicle make an illegal U-turn. When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, two people inside the car fled on foot. The officer later learned that the car was reported stolen.
The officer chased the driver and caught him on Dillingham Boulevard, police said. The officer arrested the suspect, a 19-year-old man, for investigation of auto theft and three contempt warrants for a previous auto theft charge.
The other person in the stolen car was not found.
Marine accused of sexual assaults
A Kaneohe Marine was arrested Tuesday, facing several charges of sexually assaulting an underage teenage girl.
Gunnery Sgt. Hugo Valentin, 39, was arrested at Building 5071 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in March, May and August last year, as well as this month.
He has been charged with four counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of third-degree sexual assault. He is being held in lieu of $250,000.
Police arrest alleged burglar
Police arrested a 23-year-old man after he returned to a Nanakuli eatery he allegedly burglarized earlier this month.
Police responded Jan. 9 to an alarm at L&P Drive Inn at 87-1650 Farrington Highway at about 5:30 p.m. and found the eatery had been burglarized. A video surveillance camera recorded images of the suspect, police said. The suspect returned to the eatery yesterday, and the manager recognized him, police said.
Police were called and arrested the suspect on suspicion of second-degree burglary. The man was also arrested for probation revocation and a contempt warrant.
Woman's body is found at hotel
Security officers at a Waikiki hotel heard a loud bang and discovered the body of a woman on the recreation deck at about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Police said her injuries indicate she fell from an upper floor.
The woman did not have identification on her, and no one knew what room she had come from.
The case is classified as an unattended death.