Police / Fire


POSTED: Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Man hit by tour bus is identified

A 63-year-old man who died after being hit by a tour bus Friday night has been identified as Richard Tasaka of Honolulu.

Police said that at about 7:30 p.m. Tasaka was in a crosswalk at South Beretania and McCully streets when he was hit. He was taken in critical condition to the Queen's Medical Center, where he later died.

Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation.

Eleven people have died on Oahu roads this year compared with seven at this time last year.


Burglar confesses to victim, is arrested

Police arrested a 34-year-old man after he allegedly confessed to burglarizing a home in September.

Police said that on Sept. 24, a 54-year-old woman returned to her Kunia home and found that it had been broken into and several of her belongings were missing. Recently, the victim confronted the suspect, who allegedly confessed to the crime. Police arrested the suspect at his home on suspicion of first-degree burglary.


Suspect enters home, damages TV

Police arrested a 20-year-old man who allegedly broke into another man's home and damaged his TV.

Police said that at about 2 p.m. Monday, the suspect entered a Mililani home without permission looking for another man to collect a debt. The suspect confronted a 24-year-old man in the house, then broke a TV and fled, police said.

Police found the suspect yesterday and arrested him on suspicion of first-degree burglary.


Boy, 14, implicated in vehicle thefts

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy for allegedly driving stolen vehicles.

A police officer stopped two stolen vehicles on Dec. 1 in Mililani, and arrested six juvenile occupants, police said.

One of the youths implicated the 14-year-old as an accomplice, police said.

Police interviewed the teen, who admitted to driving both vehicles, knowing they were stolen, police said. He was released yesterday, pending investigation.



2 accused of car theft, drug crimes

Police arrested two men in an alleged auto theft that also led to drug charges.

A patrol officer noticed a vehicle speeding on Ala Wai Boulevard shortly before midnight Monday, police said. The officer checked the vehicle's license plate and learned that the car had been reported stolen.

The officer stopped the car and arrested the 31-year-old male driver on suspicion of auto theft. A 38-year-old man, who was a passenger in the car, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, the officer found a clear plastic straw with what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine inside.

Both men were also arrested on suspicion of third-degree promotion of dangerous drugs.



Man faces gun and abuse charges

A 27-year-old Waianae man was arrested yesterday for allegedly abusing his girlfriend and possessing an illegal sawed-off shotgun.

Police said the 20-year-old woman told police she had been physically abused by her boyfriend and that he kept a gun in their house and asked them to remove it. The woman helped police by retrieving the semiautomatic, 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun, police said.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of abuse of family or household member and possession of a prohibited firearm.