Thursday, May 17, 2001

Police capture
suspect Birano

He faces parole and firearms
charges and is a robbery
and kidnapping suspect

By Nelson Daranciang

After more than a week of tracking him, police captured fugitive parolee Arthur Birano last night at his father's house in Kalihi after a brief chase.

Birano, 29, is a suspect in a crime spree over the past two weeks, including a home invasion robbery and a shooting and chase in the Ala Moana area. Birano was taken to the Queen's Medical Center for treatment after police said he complained of pains and started hyperventilating following his arrest near 1702 Eluene St.

He was arrested for violating his parole and arrested again under suspicion of a firearm violation, two counts of reckless endangering, three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and driving a stolen car.

Birano is a suspect in a kidnapping and robbery at a Makiki apartment yesterday. A man and a woman had just parked their car in a parking stall at 1505 Kewalo St. when three men in a red convertible pulled up behind the couple's car and accosted them at gunpoint, police said. The woman fled. The robbers forced the man to open his apartment and the man was able to flee via the lanai while the robbers were ransacking the apartment.

Police also arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with yesterday's robbery. They are looking for the third suspect.

Police said Birano eluded them Sunday by jumping out a second-floor window in a Waipahu apartment building.

Police also believe Birano is responsible for a drive-by shooting at Club Pachino at 1344 Kona St. on May 8 and firing more shots in front of KHON Television Station at 88 Piikoi before crashing a stolen car on Kapiolani Boulevard.

Police also booked Birano for terroristic threatening for an incident on May 2 in Kalihi in which he allegedly threatened a 21-year-old man with a handgun.

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