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Man accused of shooting at officers pleads not guilty

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 01:57 p.m. HST, Feb 10, 2014

This story has been corrected. See below.

A 32-year-old convicted felon, suspected of being a member of a weapons trafficking gang, entered a not guilty plea on Monday to charges that he attempted to kill three police officers who were trying to arrest him in Kahala last month.

Nicolas Peter Nakano is being held at the Oahu Community Corrections Center in lieu of a $1 million bail.

An Oahu grand jury indicted Nakano on Jan. 29 on four counts of first-degree attempted murder, using a firearm to commit the crimes, two firearm possession charges and drug possession.

After his brief Circuit Court appearance via a closed circuit video conference call from OCCC,  Judge Richard Perkins set the week of April 14 as his trial date.

On Jan. 23, Nakano tried to elude a pursing police officer and rammed another car in Kahala, causing his own car to flip onto its roof.

Nakano then fled on foot.

Police officers caught up to Nakano near the Waialae Country Club golf course. During the struggle, Nakano fired a shot from a semi-automatic pistol at the officer's head, police said. He allegedly tried two more times to shoot two other officers, but the handgun misfired.

The grand jury charged Nakano with one count of attempted murder for each of the three officers and one count for attempting to kill all three. The drug possession charge stems from the discovery of a bag containing an eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine.

Since then police and federal law enforcement officials have raided several homes in Kailua believed to be associated with Nakano. At least seven arrests have been made.

The parole board on Dec. 5 issued a warrant for Nakano's arrest for possessing or using marijuana and methamphetamine, not telling his parole officer his location and moving residences without authorization. Nakano was on parole for auto theft, a car break-in, credit card theft, identity theft and unauthorized possession of another person's personal, confidential information.

Nakano has 13 other felony convictions for theft, burglary, robbery and kidnapping, beginning in 2003.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the given name of the 32-year-old  convicted felon. His name is Nicolas, not Nickolas.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Good police work. Took their time to do it right. This is the type of guy who should get the max.
on February 10,2014 | 09:09AM
fiveo wrote:
Don't know why this person's innocent plea warrants a story in the paper. The way the court process works, no one gets to enter anything but a innocent plea early on in the legal process. A trial date or other legal steps are then taken which may eventually lead to a trial or more likely a plea deal.
on February 10,2014 | 09:09AM
false wrote:
The guys has a public defender to waste our money so what else is new?
on February 10,2014 | 11:26AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on February 10,2014 | 09:27AM
kainalu wrote:
He's a career-criminal, a veteran of the judicial system. Of course he's going to plead "not guilty". The burden-of-proof is on the State.
on February 10,2014 | 09:35AM
cojef wrote:
With 13 felony counts, yes indeed he is career criminal. This criminal needs to be put away for a long time. He shoots at the police, so very unpredictable criminal.
on February 10,2014 | 10:33AM
lokela wrote:
Bring back death penalty. Would solve overcrowding and our taxpayers money.
on February 10,2014 | 10:48AM
Jonas wrote:
lokela - great idea! I fully support that! And there should be an "express line" for certain criminals.
on February 10,2014 | 11:15AM
false wrote:
That's not going to happen so a change in the laws or even change of judges might help.
on February 10,2014 | 11:27AM
TigerEye wrote:
Why don't you do a google search on the relative costs of putting someone to death vs. imprisoning him.
on February 10,2014 | 11:35AM
Jonas wrote:
Yes, I know it. The process is inefficient, but the solution is sometimes appropriate. I thought the original comment was wishful thinking, and I bandwagoned it.
on February 10,2014 | 12:28PM
false wrote:
The only thing he plead not guilty for is for being born. Scum bags like him and his cohorts needs to be put away for the public good.
on February 10,2014 | 11:25AM
50skane wrote:
Throw away the key already!!! How many times does it take before the courts get it right!!!!
on February 10,2014 | 12:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
this piece of trash has 13 felony convictions, thats convictions, not arrests. how is he still on the streets of Hawaii? he could have killed one or more police officers and then what would these bozos say?
on February 10,2014 | 02:33PM
Papakolea wrote:
He's edging up to Hawaii's 30-strikes and you're out law. A dozen or so more convictions and he'll be looking at some serious time.
on February 10,2014 | 05:34PM
CUEBALL wrote:
!3 felony convictions since 2004 and he is on parole? Part of a gun trafficking gang? The judicial system is broken, starting with the morons on the parole board. They are obviously incompetent and are putting the public and Police Officers in danger. How do you fire the parole board?
on February 10,2014 | 08:54PM
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