Police and Fire


POSTED: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Arson suspected at old Navy club

Police opened an arson investigation after an abandoned building in Kalaeloa was hit by fire twice on Tuesday.

A fire was reported at the former Barbers Point Navy officer's club at 3:30 p.m. Firefighters put out the blaze, which damaged a small portion of the building, fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.

An investigator ruled it was intentionally set because the fire had multiple points of origin, Seelig said.

At 11:30 p.m., another fire caused extensive damage through the inside of the building, but the building remained standing, Seelig said.

Total damage to the old Barbers Point Building 73—which is abandoned—is estimated between $1,500 and $20,000, according to police.


Boy rescued from swimming pool

Bystanders rescued a boy less than 5 years old from a swimming pool at an Aiea condominium complex yesterday.

Emergency Medical Services received the call at 12:42 p.m. yesterday from the Pearl One, 98-500 Koauka Loop.

Emergency Services Department spokesman Bryan Cheplic said bystanders had pulled the youngster from the pool and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived.

Paramedics stabilized the boy before transporting him in critical condition to a hospital, Cheplic said.


Man arrested in Kaneohe robbery

Police arrested an 18-year-old man Tuesday in the robbery of a wallet and necklace from a 24-year-old man in Kaneohe seven months ago.

The man, who was 17 at the time, was accused of the April 12 robbery along with Clayton Sagapolu, 19, who was arrested April 24.

Sagapolu was identified in a photo lineup and charged with first-degree robbery.

Police released the 18-year-old pending investigation.


Charges pending in sexual assault

Charges are pending against a 33-year-old Makaha man arrested Tuesday in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Waianae earlier this year.

The girl told police that the man, an acquaintance, raped her April 3 between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. He was also arrested on five contempt warrants totaling $5,280.


Man arrested in fight with neighbor

Police arrested a 26-year-old Ala Moana man in the assault of a 53-year-old neighbor in front of an Atkinson Drive apartment at 1:15 a.m. Monday.

The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

Police said the older man tried to close his apartment door, but the suspect pushed his way into the apartment and continued the assault.

A neighbor said he heard a loud argument between the two men just before the alleged assault.

Paramedics took the victim to the hospital and he was admitted for treatment of his injuries, police said.

Responding patrol officers later found the suspect a block away. He was identified by a witness and arrested.



Man sought in robbery at pharmacy

Big Island police are asking for the public's help in finding a gunman who robbed a Waimea pharmacy Monday.

Police said the man, whose face was hidden, went into the pharmacy off Kawaihae Road with a handgun and demanded drugs.

He then ran away, heading south into some bushes.

The suspect is described as possibly in his 20s, between 5 feet 7 and 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slim to medium build. He was wearing camouflage clothing and carrying a camouflage backpack.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, ext. 275, or the Police Department's nonemergency line at 935-3311.