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Arrest warrant issued for man in alleged stake attack on officer

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:52 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2013

City prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a 35-year-old Kalihi Valley man, who was shot by a police officer last week after he threatened the officer with a metal stake.

The warrant is for an attempted assault charge. Ralph Riveira Jr. remains at Queen’s Medical Center where he is recuperating from his wounds. He will be arraigned as soon as he recovers from his wounds.

However, prosecutors declined to press charges against his mother, Nadeen Lane, who also was arrested Friday for terroristic threatening.

On Friday, police said, Riveira was fighting with Lane on the front lawn of her Machado Street home when the first officer arrived and was approached by the suspect. Riveira threatened the officer with a foot-long metal stake raised over him as he advanced, at which point the patrolman fired at him several times, police said.

The officer who fired the shots, a 24-year veteran assigned to the Kalihi station, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice after a police shooting. An internal affairs investigation has also been initiated by the police.

Riveira has seven convictions, six of them felonies.

Riveira was convicted of second-degree theft in 2008 for a 2004 incident. He was sentenced to a five-year term.

He was also convicted in 1996 on five counts of first-degree burglary, for which he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment each but which were to run at the same time.

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