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Hawaii island man charged in crime spree that started in Puna

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 06:19 p.m. HST, May 07, 2013

Hawaii island authorities on Monday charged a 27-year-old man, formerly of Pahoa, with second-degree robbery and other offenses in a crime spree that started with an attempted carjacking in Puna last weekend.

Police arrested Phillip Richardson on May 4.

Police said a 28-year-old woman reported she was dropping off a relative at the house when Richardson allegedly opened her car door, identified himself as a police officer and demanded the car keys.

The woman said he also grabbed her and tried to forcibly pull her out of the car.

A 76-year-old relative of the woman, who was inside the vehicle, tried to call 911 with his cell phone, but the man took the phone from him before he could complete the call.

The woman, however, managed to call a 29-year-old man for help.

When he arrived, the suspect then tried to get into that man’s vehicle, grabbed his arm, and tried to open the vehicle door.

Richardson reportedly fled the scene in a pickup truck, police said.

Shortly afterward, police got a report of a pickup truck ramming into a house on 17th Avenue. A 36-year-old resident told police the driver got out of the truck and came into her house through a window and then fled on foot into the bushes.

The woman reported a safe missing from her home and a vehicle on the property had been broken into and items taken.

Police, during their investigation, discovered a 63-year-old man on 1st Avenue reported a man, who drove a pickup truck, forced his way into his home and took a computer.

Prosecutors charged Richardson with two counts of second-degree attempted robbery, one count of interfering with an emergency call, one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer, two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, noe count of fourth-degree criminal property damage and resisting an order to stop. Richardson’s bail was set at $83,000.

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50skane wrote:
Perfect case for "lock 'em up and throw away the key" !
on May 7,2013 | 06:27PM
A_Reader wrote:
Bail set at $83,000. Whooo-frigging-pee. This is harsh....this should really keep society safe from this menace. I bet you he is shivering in his boots. (probably has double this in drug money somewhere).
on May 7,2013 | 08:29PM
hanalei395 wrote:
With all those tattoos, he'll never change. These kind of people usually have short lives. He'll die in prison.
on May 8,2013 | 08:28AM
DiverDave wrote:
Can you say crystal meth?
on May 8,2013 | 08:52AM
Anonymous wrote:
He looks like Mandan...WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!!
on May 7,2013 | 06:27PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
agree, huh, yikes!!!
on May 8,2013 | 06:32AM
whs1966 wrote:
What a nut case. Lock 'em up for a long, long time.
on May 7,2013 | 06:29PM
soundofreason wrote:
One very proud momma out there somewhere.
on May 7,2013 | 06:34PM
Pocho wrote:
ahh, he'll be out on the streets soon. The drugs made him do it. Garrans no normal person would do those type of things, the lawyer will see to it.
on May 7,2013 | 06:38PM
scooters wrote:
But Mom say's he was a loving child and came from a good home. We raised him right. I don't know what happened to him?
on May 7,2013 | 06:57PM
Hawaiians wrote:
on May 7,2013 | 07:30PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
I'm waiting for the TV news. Someone will describe him as a good boy who is trying to turn his life around.
on May 7,2013 | 07:11PM
HD36 wrote:
Wow he'd be so hard to identify after a crime.
on May 7,2013 | 07:38PM
Tony91 wrote:
My thoughts exactly. How on earth did anyone believe this guy was a cop for even 3 seconds. This guy should be on every tattoo parlor in the state. Make people sign a waiver that says, " I understand getting a tattoo on my face will result in me looking like a felon and I won't get a job and have to commit crimes to make ends meet.
on May 7,2013 | 07:46PM
aomohoa wrote:
His face says I am not sorry and I'll do it again. He will be in and out of jail his whole life, and I bet on it. Are those tear drop tattoos? On the mainland those are for each person you have killed when you are a gang member. I use to help remove tattoos from people who wanted to have a better life. Those with tear drops and tracks on their arms made me think they will never make it. It was sad.
on May 7,2013 | 07:48PM
A_Reader wrote:
Bail set at $83,000. Whooo-frigging-pee. This is harsh....this should really keep society safe from this menace. I bet you he is shivering in his boots.
on May 7,2013 | 08:27PM
twitter6 wrote:
Bail is a little light for this guy. Simply disgusting. Should fit well in jail.
on May 7,2013 | 08:31PM
kolekole wrote:
Yep, Another defective Android..Menace to society!
on May 7,2013 | 08:44PM
Porkchop wrote:
I would have shot him if he entered my house.
on May 7,2013 | 09:12PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on May 7,2013 | 10:30PM
ponowai wrote:
Another lifetime LOOSER we'll have to pay for. Can we accidentally drop him into north Korea?
on May 7,2013 | 10:44PM
Anonymous wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 06:37AM
pj737 wrote:
Perfect example that you should never judge a book by its cover! Wait a minute...
on May 7,2013 | 11:14PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
He looks like someone who makes smart decisions.
on May 8,2013 | 12:11AM
BIG wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 07:25AM
TTPwr wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 07:35AM
Bully wrote:
In this case we can judge the book by its cover.
on May 8,2013 | 08:16AM
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