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Man charged with armed robberies in crime spree

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 03:47 p.m. HST, Apr 27, 2012

A 31-year-old Windward Oahu man, believed responsible for a small crime wave over the last week, is charged with four armed robberies.

Authorities charged James D. Walters III Thursday night with seven counts of first-degree robbery, kidnapping, firearms violations and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, a spokesman for the Honolulu Prosecutor said. Walters is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail and is scheduled to make his initial appearance in District Court this morning.

The alleged crime spree began at Kailua Beach Park on April 18 when Walters allegedly entered a car occupied by a woman and her 1-year-old son, who was in a car seat just before 5 p.m.. Williams brandished a gun and ordered the woman to drive, police said. After a short distance, he told her to pull over, then allegedly took her purse and wallet and fled. 

Walters allegedly robbed a family of four from Japan walking on the Ala Wai Canal bridge at Ala Moana Boulevard at about 10 p.m. on April 20.

On Saturday, police said Williams used a rifle to rob the L&L Drive Inn on Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe at about 7 p.m.  He was seen driving off in a black pickup truck.

A Canadian tourist caught Walters in Lanikai at Mokulua Drive and Onekea Drive breaking into his rental car Sunday morning, police said.  Walters allegedly threatened the man with a gun and fled with backpack.

On Tuesday, police issued a CrimeStoppers bulletin asking for the public's help in finding Walters, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the armed robberies in Waikiki and Lanikai. They said he was also a suspect in other robberies and described him as "armed and dangerous."

Police arrested him at a Date Street apartment complex Tuesday night.

Walters, of a Keolu Hills address, does not have a criminal rec­ord, police said.


Star-Advertiser reporter Gordon Y.K. Pang contributed to this story.

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Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on April 27,2012 | 08:47AM
loquaciousone wrote:
At least this guy doesn't discriminate due to race, color, or creed? He robs everyone. Good thing the Dalai Lama left Hawaii.
on April 27,2012 | 10:38AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Where in the article does it say he moved here? Or are you assuming because he is haole?
on April 27,2012 | 09:11AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Where in the article does it say he moved here or are you just assuming because he is caucasion?
on April 27,2012 | 09:12AM
twitter6 wrote:
hope the court gives him a very long sentence, this guy is bad news
on April 27,2012 | 09:36AM
palolo2001 wrote:
Drugs make nice men do evil things.
on April 27,2012 | 10:36AM
inverse wrote:
Looks at his eyes, Walters looks like he is high on crystal meth. He is a non-discrimination thug. Would like to know where he obtained the rifle and pistol to commit his crimes. Are they registered? Did he bring them into Hawaii or were they stolen? Are they real weapons or air soft type guns? Also given he lives in Kailua, is he a resident of Hawaii with family? If he has family, do they know Walters has some serious problems, most likely a drug problem?
on April 27,2012 | 01:19PM
inverse wrote:
Previous comment got CENSORED. what up with that?? Said this guy's eyes looks like he is on ice. Also asked where did he gut the gu ns? Are the gu ns registered? Stolen? Real? Does this guy have family in Hawaii? If he does, do they know he has got a dr ug or some other problem, possible men tal issues?
on April 27,2012 | 02:31PM
Papakolea wrote:
Good thing we have a three (dozen) strikes and you're out law here in Hawaii. If he commits another couple dozen crimes, the courts are going to slap him with a stiff one month of probation.
on April 27,2012 | 05:37PM
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