Monday, December 14, 1998

Violent crime
decreasing in

Police record a 7.6
percent drop in the first
half of the year



Serious crime reported to police in Honolulu was down 7.6 percent for the first half of 1998, in keeping with the national trend in which crime continues to decline.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday reported that serious crime in the United States is 5 percent lower this year, when comparing first-half figures from 1997 and 1998.

During the first half of 1998, Honolulu's totals were 11 murders, 125 forcible rapes, 514 robberies, 525 aggravated assaults, 3,876 burglaries, 17,416 larceny thefts, 2,521 motor vehicle thefts and 142 arsons.

Through the first six months of 1997, Honolulu reported 14 murders, 121 forcible rapes, 654 robberies, 590 aggravated assaults, 4,745 burglaries, 18,138 larceny thefts, 2,799 motor vehicle thefts and 154 arsons.

Locally, the downward trend appears to be holding for the second half of 1998, according to law enforcement officials.

The national numbers have declined six straight years.

The latest statistics, collected through the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, show a 7 percent decline in violent crime and a 5 percent drop in property crimes.

National figures showed an 11 percent drop in robbery, 8 percent for murder and 5 percent for aggravated assault and forcible rape.

Motor vehicle theft fell 8 percent, while larceny-theft (5 percent) and burglary (3 percent) were also down among property crimes.

Kalihi Crime Reduction
Unit earns honors

By Rod Ohira


During a three-month period from July to September, the 11-

member Crime Reduction Unit of the Kalihi police patrol district made 188 felony and 126 misdemeanor arrests.

Kalihi CRU was to be honored today as the Honolulu Police Department's outstanding unit of the third quarter.

The plain-clothes unit, headed by Sgt. Theodore "Teddy" Chun, has a 1998 record that includes 693 felony and 400 non-felony arrests. In addition, it has confiscated over $108,000 in cash and property.

Officers assigned to Chun's unit are Ernie Barroga, Steve Bumanglag, Hector Inciong, Darryl Jeremiah, Jeriod Lee, Richard Schaab, William Richardson, Malo Torres and Eric Yosemori. Reserve officer Joseph Becera also works with Kalihi CRU.

"CRU is a support unit that addresses crime that our uniform patrol cannot handle, such as time-consuming surveillance work," Kalihi Major Stephen Watarai.

"Their willingness to help other police units and knowledge of criminal characters in this district are their strongest virtues."

In the third quarter, Kalihi CRU helped to break three major cases:

Bullet Kalihi CRU provided two informants to a joint task-force investigation that led to arrests of 12 people in a ring involved in the theft of mail, credit cards and autos, as well as forgery. The ring cost victims more than $1 million, police said.

Bullet Through their network of informants, Kalihi CRU officers provided suspect information that led to the arrests of three men responsible for a series of armed cab robberies in the Nuuanu-Liliha area.

Bullet Early summer investigation by CRU officers set the groundwork for the first federally funded "weed and seed" bust in Hawaii on July 30. The undercover operation, nicknamed "Big Bang," resulted in the arrests of 33 buyers and 13 dealers in the Mayor Wright Housing area, all of whom were charged with federal offenses.

Halford Yamamoto of the Waikiki patrol district was named the third quarter's top officer.

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