Police and Fire


POSTED: Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sex-assault attempt leads to arrest

; Authorities charged a 44-year-old Aiea man Friday with kidnapping and attempting to sexually assault a 13-year-old girl before school Thursday morning.

Police said at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, Asoailao Lealai forced the girl into a vehicle and tried to assault her on a secluded part of Pahu Street in Waipahu behind St. Joseph School.

The girl notified authorities of the attack after Lealai dropped her off at school, police said. Lealai's bail was set at $75,000.


Big Isle man charged in slaying

;  A Kau man who allegedly shot a man near his marijuana greenhouse Wednesday night has been charged with second degree murder, Big Island police said.

Kevin Metcalfe, 47, is being held at the Kona police cell block in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Police said Metcalfe discovered the victim, 44-year-old Larry Kuahuia, approaching the greenhouse at his home on Koa Lane at about 10:30 p.m.

Metcalfe fired at least two shots at Kuahuia, who fled but succumbed to his wounds on Koa Lane, police said.

An autopsy determined Kuahuia, of Milolii, died of a shotgun wound to his back.


Cycle runs off road, killing rider

Big Island police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash yesterday on the Big Island on Highway 137 near Pahoa.

There were apparently no witnesses when the motorcycle ran off the road about 1/5 mile from the Pohoiki boat ramp.

At about 4:30 p.m., a driver found the motorcyclist on the side of the road lying in shrubbery, a county news release said.


Kauai knife-fight suspects post bail

Two Kapaa men posted bail after they were arrested and charged Friday in connection with an argument that allegedly ended in a traffic accident and a knife fight, Kauai police said.

Fred Bautista, 48, who was charged with assault, posted $5,000 bail. Michael Ferris, 29, charged with assault, terroristic threatening and criminal property damage, was released on $5,200 bail.

Police said the men started arguing from separate vehicles near Kealia Beach Friday morning.

Bautista tried to flee and hit a vehicle on Kuhio Highway, police said.

Then two men continued arguing and attacked each other with “;machete-like knives,”; police said.


Drowning victim was Honolulu man

The man who died after he was pulled from waters off Waialae Beach Park on Thursday night has been identified as Robert Reggio, 65, of Honolulu.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office determined Reggio drowned.

A fire helicopter pulled Reggio from the water about 150 yards off shore after bystanders heard someone call for help.