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POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2008

Millionaire on mo-ped was DUI

Alcohol was a factor in the death of DeWayne McKinney, a 47-year-old millionaire who endured 19 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

McKinney was riding his mo-ped Oct. 7 when it drifted off Waialae Avenue and crashed. Police initially ruled out alcohol as a factor. However, an autopsy conducted by the city Medical Examiner's Office determined that acute alcohol intoxication was a significant factor in the crash. McKinney's blood-alcohol content was 0.223, about 2.5 times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

McKinney was charged with the 1980 execution of a Burger King manager and served 19 years of a life-without-parole sentence. He was eventually found innocent after associates of the real murderer came forward. Since being free, he invested money in automated teller machines in Hawaii, earning him millions.


Woman accused of ramming cars

Police arrested a 29-year-old woman who allegedly rammed a car with her own vehicle, subsequently damaging three cars.

Police said that at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, the woman saw her 28-year-old estranged husband dropping off a woman at a Makiki bar and confronted him.

The two were arguing when the suspect got into her car and rammed her estranged husband's car, then fled. The impact pushed the husband's car into two other parked vehicles, damaging all three.

The woman was found yesterday and arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal property damage and two counts of third-degree criminal property damage.

Woman arrested in knife attacks

Police arrested a 32-year-old woman Tuesday who allegedly attacked her fiance twice with a knife.

At about 7 p.m. the suspect and her 46-year-old fiance were drinking at their McCully home before getting into an argument, police said.

Police said the woman then grabbed a kitchen knife and told the fiance to leave.

When the man refused, police said, the woman stabbed him in the shoulder. He left but did not call police.

The man returned at about 10:30 p.m., and the argument started up again, police said.

Police said the man was then slashed in the left biceps with the same knife.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of two counts of second-degree assault.

Woman says man broke into home

Police arrested a 54-year-old man Monday who was allegedly caught inside a woman's home in downtown Honolulu.

Police said a 43-year-old woman was sleeping at about 5:25 p.m. when she heard her front door open. She thought one of her sons had returned home, police said.

Police said she saw a strange man standing inside her apartment and screamed. The man fled, but was found nearby on Vineyard Boulevard.

He was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a dwelling.

Escapee caught 19 months later

Police responding to an argument early Monday found a 43-year-old woman who had escaped from a work furlough center nearly two years ago.

During the investigation of the argument, police identified the woman as an escapee.

The woman, who had been living in the Keeaumoku Street area, was arrested at 4:40 a.m. Monday at 730 Captain Cook Ave. in the Punchbowl area.

She had allegedly escaped from a work furlough center March 2, 2007, at 9:45 p.m.

She was arrested on suspicion of second-degree escape.

Man, 46, arrested in sexual assault

Police arrested a 46-year-old man Monday who allegedly sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman in August.

Police said the woman reported being sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance about 9 a.m. Aug. 19 near Kapiolani Boulevard. Police arrested the man for investigation of second-degree sexual assault and later released him pending investigation.


Waianae man, 32, accused of threats

Police arrested a 32-year-old Waianae man early Sunday for allegedly threatening his wife.

Police officers were looking for the suspect's brother-in-law, who allegedly assaulted the suspect while trying to protect the victim.

The husband and wife were arguing at about 12:20 a.m. when the husband threatened his 25-year-old wife with a knife, police said. He allegedly hurt her and held her against her will.

The wife's brother, 26, came to help his sister, assaulted her husband and fled, police said.

Police arrested the woman's husband on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening, abuse and kidnapping.

Man tries to steal tools from Sears

Police arrested a 40-year-old man after he allegedly tried to steal tools from Sears at Pearlridge.

Shortly before 7 p.m. yesterday, the suspect was seen allegedly taking assorted Craftsman hand tools and leaving the store without paying.

Store security personnel stopped him and called police. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft.


Teen is arrested in purse-snatching

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy Tuesday who allegedly robbed a woman of her purse.

Police said the boy used physical force to steal a purse from a woman in Ewa Beach at about 6 p.m.

The suspect fled but was found by police shortly afterward.

The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The boy was arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery.


Big Island police ID traffic fatality

Big Island police identified a 62-year-old Hilo man who died after his motorcycle crashed into a dog in Puna as Robert B. De Sa of Hilo.

Police determined De Sa was traveling west on Pohoiki Road when the motorcycle hit a dog that ran onto the roadway at about 3 p.m. De Sa was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered head injuries.

He was not wearing a helmet. This was the 22nd Big Island traffic fatality this year, compared with 32 at this time last year.