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Manhunt ends with arrest of 'armed and dangerous' suspect

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:05 a.m. HST, Apr 25, 2012


A manhunt for a suspect considered armed and dangerous has ended.

Police arrested James D. Walters III Tuesday night at a Date Street apartment complex.

Police issued a CrimeStoppers bulletin asking for the public's help in finding Walters, wanted for questioning in connection with armed robberies in Waikiki and Lani­kai.

Police said they believed Walters, 31, was armed with both a handgun and long gun and considered him dangerous. He was driving a 2006 black Chevy Silverado pickup with a crew cab, silver construction racks and the license plate PFV803.

Maj. Richard Robinson, head of HPD's Criminal Investigations Division, said Walters was wanted for questioning in the armed robbery of a family of four visitors walking on the Ala Wai Canal bridge at Ala Moana Boulevard at about 10 p.m. Friday. The robber brandished a handgun and demanded their property.

In another case at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, a man saw a stranger in his parked vehicle on One­kea Drive in the Lani­kai section of Kailua. When he confronted the man, the intruder threatened him with a handgun and fled.

Police are "looking into the possibility" that the same man may have committed other recent Windward-area crimes.

At about 5 p.m. April 18, a woman, 39, reported being kidnapped and robbed by a man who got into her car at Kailua Beach Park and ordered her to drive. He fled after taking her purse, police said.

At about 7 p.m. Sunday, the L&M fast-food plate lunch restaurant in Kaneohe was robbed by a man carrying a rifle.

Walters, who has a Windward Oahu address, does not have a criminal rec­ord, Robinson said.

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Poipounder808 wrote:
Great work HPD! Now let's see if the courts will do the right thing.
on April 25,2012 | 08:22AM
johncdechon wrote:
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on April 25,2012 | 09:13AM
control wrote:
So she was suppose to conceal her gun under her bikiki or have it visible in the car for someone to steal?
on April 25,2012 | 12:44PM
johncdechon wrote:
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on April 25,2012 | 04:53PM
argonsteel wrote:
Pure fear mongering. Hawaii ranks at the absolute bottom in the US for gun fatalities: 2.8 gun deaths per 100,000 people. We also have some of the most restrictive gun ownership laws in the country (thank god!). Now gee, I wonder which states have the highest rates of gun fatalities? Well the top five are as follows: #1 is Mississippi with gun deaths per 100,000 at a whopping 18.3 followed in order by Arizona (anybody still remember the 19 people shot along with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords?), Alaska, Arkansas and Louisiana. All of these states have some of the most permissive gun laws in the U.S. and all, with the exception of Arkansas, have Stand Your Ground laws. So for those of you who are so terrified of living daily life without a gun to protect you, please, do all of us who live in Hawaii a favor and move somewhere else.
on April 25,2012 | 05:44PM
control wrote:
yep..definitely in need of a mental evaluation for paranoia and schizophrenia
on April 25,2012 | 07:30PM
summer43 wrote:
she should lock her car door.
on April 25,2012 | 01:10PM
HoldEverything wrote:
Interesting that a 31-year old guy with no criminal record would suddenly embark on a crime spree. Most guys who lean toward crime start filling out their rap sheet in their late teens or early 20s.
on April 25,2012 | 09:19AM
kailua000 wrote:
probably just lost his job and was hitting rock bottom
on April 25,2012 | 09:34AM
313invegas wrote:
Or maybe he has committed other crimes and he finally got caught.
on April 25,2012 | 10:30AM
juke wrote:
MACON, Ga. >> Authorities in Georgia say a grandmother foiled a robbery attempt by two armed men by getting into a shootout with them, injuring one man. Police told The Telegraph that Lulu Campbell just dropped off her grandson at her daughter's house early Saturday morning when someone demanded money outside her car, threatening to shoot her. Campbell says the man fired at her, missing. The 57-year-old fired back, striking him in the chest. Her truck sustained eight bullet holes in the hood, one in the grill. Both front side windows were destroyed. The second man fled after she shot at him. Campbell, who owns convenience stores and gas stations, always is armed. Police say 32-year-old Brenton Lance Spencer has been hospitalized and was charged with aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery. --
on April 25,2012 | 10:59AM
kailua000 wrote:
Now THAT is what Stand Your Ground was meant for
on April 25,2012 | 11:12AM
johncdechon wrote:
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on April 25,2012 | 05:02PM
argonsteel wrote:
Since Florida passed their Stand Your Ground law was passed, deaths due to "self-defense" have nearly tripled, with all but one of those killed _unarmed_. And you know the great thing about the law? You can always claim self-defense since most times the only one to disagree isn't around anymore since you shot and killed them. Might as well just call it the "James Bond law" since you're basically giving everybody a license to kill.
on April 25,2012 | 06:05PM
Mallory wrote:
I hope the prosecutor and judge will not plea deal probation again
on April 25,2012 | 11:22AM
iwanaknow wrote:
"But my son is a good boy!" said Mrs. Walters.
on April 25,2012 | 11:33AM
mellowyellow11 wrote:
Nicest guy around. Not like him to do anything like this. Its this damn economy and its aftermath of tragedies. He was a great carpenter and never did any thing wrong ever. he must have just got caught up in the down turn, especially affecting carpenters. just unbelievable.
on April 25,2012 | 01:01PM
mellowyellow11 wrote:
great person. never been in any kind of trouble with the law or with anyone. just got caught up in the economic downturn and still hard to believe he could possibly do this. He is an unreal carpenter. can do anything. feel so bad for him.
on April 25,2012 | 01:32PM
Papakolea wrote:
Doesn't this guy realize that we have a three (dozen) strikes and you're out policy in Hawaii???? If he commits another 30 or so violent crimes, he could be looking at a month of probation....
on April 25,2012 | 10:17PM
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