Honolulu police investigated a car theft that turned into a multivehicle collision at the intersection of South King and Punahou streets yesterday afternoon. Three people were injured.

HPD arrests
car theft suspect

Three people are hurt when a
stolen Lexus slams into another car

Honolulu police arrested a robbery suspect who allegedly stole a woman's Lexus and then crashed it into another car in Pawaa yesterday, injuring three people.

The injured, an adult male driver and a young boy and girl, were in the second car and were taken to the Queen's Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police said the car theft, collision and arrest of the suspect all took place within a span of five minutes.

Police said the suspect, an adult male, spotted a car parked in front of the Frog House Restaurant at 1604 Kalakaua Ave. with the engine running just after 4 p.m.

A woman who was in the restaurant on an errand ran outside when she realized that someone was trying to steal her car, police said.

Police said the suspect hit the woman with her car as she tried to stop him from escaping but that she suffered only minor injuries.

The suspect then took a right onto Philip Street and headed mauka on Punahou Street where he ran a red light and crashed into a Dodge Neon heading Diamond Head on South King Street, police said.

The Lexus smashed into the passenger side of the Neon and sent it crashing into a utility pole. At that point, police said, the suspect got out of the Lexus and ran mauka on Punahou and then on to Young Street.

The suspect did not get far, as police officers responding to the crash were driving down Young Street at the same time. The officers spotted the suspect and tackled him near a Korean church at 1541 Young St., police said.

Police arrested the suspect for investigation of robbery but said he could also be arrested for other offenses such as leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid.


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