Police / Fire


POSTED: Thursday, March 05, 2009


Police investigating gunpoint robbery

Police are investigating a gunpoint robbery by two masked men in a Waipahu residential area Tuesday night.

Officers tracked down at least one possible suspect, who was driving the car used in the robbery, but the victims could not identify him, police said.

Police said two males robbed a 25-year-old Kapolei woman and a 40-year-old Pearl City man at gunpoint at Awaiki and Awanui streets.

The suspects fled in a Mazda with the woman's purse, police said.

The victims wrote down the license plate number of the Mazda, and officers intercepted it as it arrived at the home of the registered owner, a 33-year-old Pearl City woman, who said she did not know anything about the robbery.

Police arrested the first suspect, a 23-year-old Waikele man, on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. No one else was in the car. He was released early yesterday morning on $1,000 bail.

The registered owner was arrested on two contempt warrants and also released on bail.



HFD aids man when boat runs aground

The Honolulu Fire Department assisted a Waianae man in his mid-40s whose 25-foot sailboat ran aground near the reef runway early yesterday morning.

The boater called the Fire Department at 1:30 a.m. and reported his boat had run aground outside the Keehi Channel while he was trying to come into the lagoon.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said fire rescue personnel located the boat, but it was not accessible by any vessel since it was in shallow water. They were able to walk out to the boater from the reef runway, and the man was brought to the runway by the fire helicopter.



Big Isle officer's gun, Taser stolen

A police officer's service pistol and Taser electronic control device were among items taken in a burglary at his Hilo home sometime between midmorning Sunday and midafternoon Monday.

Big Island police reported that the officer's duty belt and items it held were taken from the Waiakea Uka home. Also taken were an expandable silver metal baton with a black grip, and a 1-ounce canister of Vexor brand pepper spray.

The officer's weapon is described as a silver Smith and Wesson 9 mm semiautomatic pistol with black grips.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at the nonemergency number 935-3311.