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Arrest warrant issued for man in alleged stake attack on officer

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:52 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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allie wrote:
on March 12,2013 | 12:26PM
Morimoto wrote:
Everything's scary to you.
on March 12,2013 | 01:12PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
For every minor issue on the westside, town pathetics show up threefold.
on March 12,2013 | 12:32PM
false wrote:
LOL - but he is from the westside .......nah only kidding.
on March 12,2013 | 12:43PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
I heard his family is from Manoa but they didn't raise him, he ran around Kam IV growing up. No shock there.
on March 12,2013 | 12:50PM
Bdpapa wrote:
The mother needs to be held accountable also!
on March 12,2013 | 12:41PM
patk wrote:
Exactly, kids are a direct reflection of their parents.
on March 12,2013 | 01:23PM
stingray65 wrote:
That should be a justifyable homicide!! Shoot to kill will be the answer!! With all the arrest and conviction, still out the the street!!
on March 12,2013 | 12:42PM
fiveo wrote:
I think it is too early to say what happened here. Question is whether the police officer was justified in shooting in this situation. Could he have used his mace or taser instead. I would assume that as this individual will survive his injuries, the prosecutor/city/police tactic now is to charge him criminally. If I was an ambulance chasing attorney, I would be talking with the family about filing a civil suit irregardless of what happens in the criminal case.
on March 12,2013 | 01:17PM
kahu808 wrote:
If it was your life on the line, you would resort to a lower level of force?
on March 12,2013 | 02:13PM
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