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No charges against man who allegedly flipped car during police chase

Uncertainty surrounds initial reports of a gunshot fired at the scene in Kahala

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:24 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2014

The 32-year-old man arrested for allegedly firing a gun at police Thursday was not charged with any crimes he allegedly committed that night.

Police arrested him Thursday on suspicion of three counts of first-degree attempted murder, six firearms violations, resisting arrest and failure to render aid.

The suspect was released from police custody for all the above offenses Saturday afternoon pending further investigation.

However, police said he remains in custody on a parole retake warrant. 

Police would not divulge his location, including whether he remains hospitalized, but Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz said he was not in custody late Saturday afternoon at any of its facilities.

The man, who has no local address, was being sought on several outstanding warrants when he tried to flee from officers, and has an extensive felony conviction record ranging from car theft to robbery and kidnapping.

The suspect, who was driving a white Honda, struck a silver BMW and flipped the car he was driving, landing in the front yard of a home at the corner of Moho and Makaiwa streets.

He fled on foot and was caught at nearby Waialae Country Club golf course at 7:15 p.m.

An Emergency Medical Services supervisor said paramedics were told by police at the scene one round was discharged from a gun during a struggle with officers, but no one was struck.

The suspect was taken by ambulance in serious condition to a hospital, EMS said.

A police spokeswoman said he remained in the hospital Friday night with non-life-threatening injuries.

A police union attorney was present at the scene Thursday.

Police said officers did not fire any shots, but did not disclose how the suspect sustained his injuries. KHON reported he sustained a broken jaw, broken nose and cuts to his head.

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eoe wrote:
Interesting development.
on January 25,2014 | 05:32PM
Grimbold wrote:
No charge? What about leaving the scene of an accident? That is hit and run. And I am tired of the word 'alleged', when it was seen to happen.
on January 26,2014 | 06:23AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
sounds like the cops may have gone too far and beat him up good, now they're backpedaling on his arrest. Can't wait to hear the other side of this story, it's obvious we're not getting the whole story from HPD. With a Union attorney on scene, it can't be good news for the cops involved.
on January 25,2014 | 06:02PM
Anonymous wrote:
The career criminal flees in a stolen vehicle, crashes into another, shoots at 3 cops, and you think they went too far? Where does it state that they're back peddling on the arrest? The guy is obviously injured from most likely the accident, probably is still hospitalized, and they can't charge him within the required 48 hours, so they can't keep him in custody. Therefore he's being released pending investigation. Meaning they'll probably get a warrant of arrest or arrest him when he gets released from the hospital. Union attorney was probably there because of the possible pursuit. Stop speculating that they have something to hide.
on January 25,2014 | 06:53PM
SteveToo wrote:
my money is on the cops beating him after the car flipped for shooting at them. That's going to far. He may get off scott free on this one.
on January 25,2014 | 08:28PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
he was resisting arrest..a beat down is warranted to subdue the suspect..i wish this was the good old days when it's ok to give beat downs
on January 25,2014 | 09:54PM
bekwell wrote:
And when he gets out of the hospital, they should beat him again. What would happen if someone crossed the street in front of him when he was peacefully fleeing from, and shooting at the police. Where did the bullets go. Who could have been killed. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for someone truing to save his own a.... at the possible death of others.
on January 26,2014 | 06:31AM
HanabataDays wrote:
The article doesn't "state" that the cops are backpedaling, but it's abundantly clear from the fact that they dropped all charges. And you'll note -- if you pay attention -- there's no mention of any gun being found. Just the cops telling the arriving paramedics that "a shot was fired". Now, we know HPD officers supposedly have to account for every round fired, and that's the most relevant question that needs answering at the moment. This has all the hallmarks. But I guess -- considering that there's a golf course drainage ditch that runs parallel to Kealaolu St --we should be happy they're probably too young to remember this, or they'd have made the guy spend the night bobbing for toads.
on January 26,2014 | 02:03AM
pueouhane wrote:
He fell. It was a cold night and he slipped on the ice.
on January 25,2014 | 10:29PM
Pocho wrote:
WHAT? $%@#^#@^%$&$
on January 25,2014 | 06:12PM
syhud wrote:
This story and arrest will be long forgotten in a couple of weeks.
on January 25,2014 | 06:50PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Not necessarily. We'll never forget "bobbing for toads".
on January 26,2014 | 02:04AM
2NDC wrote:
Those injuries could have been caused when the car flipped. Especially if the suspect wasn't wearing a seat belt. I'll withhold speculation and comment until the investigation is complete. It is interesting however that the man hasn't been charged yet, and where he is being held (if he is still in custody) is not available to news sources. Could it be possible that he's been turned over to Federal custody?
on January 25,2014 | 06:31PM
Wage Earner wrote:
right on point. no one else mentioned this but you. any time there is a case that could be charged in both state and federal court, the possible charges and sentencing guidelines are all considered. in most cases, crimes that involve guns and explosives would qualify for the federal project safe neighborhood program. ATF would take the lead on this and in most cases, the defendant would do way more time in federal prison.... and there is NO parole in the federal system. so it is very possible that the state has deferred prosecution, pending federal prosecution. so if this is the case, he will be held on his state re take warrant, then the feds go to grand jury this coming week, indict, then issue an arrest warrant, then remand him over to federal custody. then he will almost certainly be denied bail by a federal magistrate.
on January 26,2014 | 07:10AM
nitpikker wrote:
the suspect probably was injured in the rollover accident but if he wasn't, he deserves whatever beating he got.
on January 25,2014 | 07:52PM
SteveToo wrote:
he may deserve the beating, but under our laws he should not have been beaten.
on January 25,2014 | 08:29PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
career criminals deserve a beating..i would gladly beat him
on January 25,2014 | 09:51PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Yeah, you would.
on January 25,2014 | 11:25PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Wif what? You daddy's sleepah?
on January 26,2014 | 02:05AM
Slow wrote:
Oooo you so brave behind your computer. Pipe down, panty.
on January 26,2014 | 06:10AM
Grimbold wrote:
Slow, do you have lengthy record, or why are you always pro criminals?
on January 26,2014 | 06:27AM
Grimbold wrote:
They are treated too softly. Jail plus beating would be better.
on January 26,2014 | 06:25AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Given how bad this guy is, I could care less about how he sustained his injuries.
on January 25,2014 | 10:19PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
on January 25,2014 | 11:22PM
mdg1775 wrote:
Sounds like a good move on HPD's part. Normally they could only hold him for 48 hours pending charges, which would mean that they would have to hurry up the investigation. With him being held on the warrant anyway, they can take their time to really do a thorough job, obtain any warrants or interviews they need, etc. It does NOT mean that he won't be charged. He just isn't being charged YET.
on January 25,2014 | 11:47PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Or--another theory could be that this "career criminal" with no local address is an undercover federal agent, who for the moment, is "allowed" to participate in such crimes to maintain his cover, maintaining the facade of being a ruthless thug who operates above the law and with impunity. Or perhaps my reasoning may be a bit faulty since I've been watching a lot of undercover cop movies lately (i.e., The Fast and the Furious, Donnie Brasco, Miami Vice, Brooklyn's Finest, We Own the Night, Deep Cover, Narc, Point Break, Miami Vice). However, I won't buy into the theory that HPD is treading carefully--fearing they might be accused of police brutality. If this was the case then why do the majority believe that special agent Deedy acted within his rights to shoot an unarmed man who posed no immediate threat to anyone--while HPD officers who did not return fire on an armed and dangerous perp are suspect?
on January 26,2014 | 01:38AM
bullturd wrote:
Too many witnesses.
on January 26,2014 | 02:02AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
This is a strange story.

Even if the police did use unnecessary force to subdue him (and I'm not suggesting they did) that shouldn't change the fact that he resisted arrest, engaged in a high speed car chase and fired a gun at police. Unless those things didn't actually happen, he should still be charged.

on January 26,2014 | 05:19AM
RandolphW wrote:
This should be a good one for Keith Kaneshiro's office. I can't wait to hear their statements later on. It is very interesting that no one knows what really happened. May the best story win, with liberty and justice for all.
on January 26,2014 | 06:50AM
joseph007 wrote:
shows how incompetent our justice system is. from cops to prosecutors to judges.
on January 26,2014 | 07:28AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Wasn't this guy described as a career criminal? If so, how many more incidents before he's locked up for life. He apparently doesn't get it.
on January 26,2014 | 07:50AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
calling me a panty?..haha..i would gladly give you a beating too since your lame duck dad never give you any
on January 26,2014 | 07:57AM
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