Thursday, November 15, 2001

Carjacker, robber gets
two 20-year sentences

Warren Elicker was convicted
of robbery and a carjacking

By Debra Barayuga

A 23-year-old man will spend at least the next 26 years in prison after pleading no contest to a home invasion robbery in Punaluu and a carjacking from Ala Moana Center earlier this year.

Warren Elicker was sentenced yesterday to two consecutive 20-year terms for both cases, with a mandatory minimum of 13 years and four months in each case because he is a repeat offender.

Deputy Prosecutor Douglas Chin had argued for a life term based on Elicker's prior felony convictions and the danger he posed to the victims in both cases.

"It's something they never expected to happen and will never forget," Chin said.

Elicker apologized yesterday to the Punaluu couple, saying he never intended to hurt anyone and was only trying to get money for drugs.

The 19-year-old victim in the carjacking was not present.

Elicker has had a drug problem since his early teens and grew up in a violent household where he witnessed his parents doing drugs, said his attorney Valerie Vargo, who had argued against an extended term.

"It's like throwing away the key."

Elicker had spared his victims from going to trial by pleading no contest to all but one of the kidnapping charges that alleged he restrained the woman during the home invasion with the intent to sexually assault her, Vargo said.

He is set for trial on that charge Dec. 17.

Elicker was on parole earlier this year after serving time for prior robbery convictions, including a carjacking, when he forced his way into another man's car on March 31, threatened him with a screwdriver, ordered him to drive him around and made him stop at an ATM to withdraw $180.

He released the man later but drove off in the car, which was found abandoned the next day with extensive damage on the Middle Street onramp.

Elicker was later identified in that case after police found three of his ID cards in the stolen car.

Less than a week later on April 5, Elicker and a 17-year-old boy talked their way into the home of a Punaluu resident, bound and gagged him and his wife, robbed them, then fled with the couple's two cars. They threatened to kill the couple if they called police.

Police located Elicker in Kahaluu about four hours later, but he jumped into the ocean, where canoe paddlers helped capture him.

Colonel Pakele Jr., the 17-year-old, was waived by Family Court to be tried as an adult but pleaded to identical charges in the home invasion rather than go to trial.

Pakele will be sentenced in December.

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