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Suspect charged in death of Waikiki woman

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 04:41 p.m. HST, Mar 18, 2014

A 24-year-old Waianae man was charged Tuesday in connection with the death of a 52-year-old grandmother following a violent purse-snatching in front of her gated Waikiki apartment on Super Bowl Sunday.

Officers arrested Josiah L. Figueroa at 5:20 p.m. Monday at his Paakea Road home. Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Figueroa  with second-degree robbery and manslaughter.

Manslaughter is a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, but prosecutors could seek an extended term  sentencing  that would increase prison time to life.

Police said a man attacked Jullie Stephenson about 9:20 p.m. Feb. 2 in front of her apartment building, the Tradewinds,  at  1720 Ala Moana Blvd.

Stephenson was taken to Straub Clinic & Hospital with multiple injuries including a broken hip and was bleeding internally.

She was in a coma for three weeks and died Feb. 26. 

Figueroa's bail is set at $500,000.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the given name of the 52-year-old woman who died after a purse-snatching in Waikiki. Her name is Jullie, not Julie.

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50skane wrote:
Waianae cruising Waikiki?..spur of the moment hit or planned out?
on March 18,2014 | 06:06AM
inverse wrote:
Don't think the guy intended to kill the woman,however pretty clear he purposely hung out in Waikiki to rob and steal. However given the woman he assaulted died, should be tried for murder or manslaughter and spend at least 10 years in a MAINLAND jail and not OCCC or Halawa.
on March 18,2014 | 06:29AM
cojef wrote:
Imagine how many others he could have robbed? His M.O. appears to lay in wait for hard-working people and stealing their hard-earned money. The worst of the worst kind of criminal, picking on defenseless women. Another aspect is that being a bar-tender she was a victim of choice, since she would carrying her cash tips.
on March 18,2014 | 08:57AM
Pamspadaro wrote:
She may have a suspect of choice but so much of her tips were via credit card and part of her paycheck he didn't get much. But took a lot by taking her life with his actions
on March 18,2014 | 04:41PM
mokebla wrote:
Why, throw the keys away on him. That's all he knows, after 10yrs be back on the streets doing what he does best and maybe kill another person.
on March 18,2014 | 09:56AM
jayz43 wrote:
Tru dat...agreed.
on March 18,2014 | 04:11PM
Pamspadaro wrote:
Further this coward didn't ask my sister he came up from behind and shoved her so hard she ended up face planted in the driveway.
on March 18,2014 | 04:40PM
kailua000 wrote:
good. but we'll surely hear 'he was a good boy" "he nevah do dis befo" then the mom will blame it on the haole woman.
on March 18,2014 | 06:16AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
You forgot to mention that someone will say he was "turning his life around", going back to school and taking responsibility for his family.
on March 18,2014 | 01:27PM
totorolab wrote:
And the prevalent "not my fault" reason for committing crimes - it was the drugs' fault.
on March 18,2014 | 01:38PM
false wrote:
And how about this one., " he was starting to not hang around with the wrong crowd"..
on March 18,2014 | 02:08PM
sak wrote:
And the "I am So Sorry, I neva mean for hurt her, if there was anything I could do to bring her back, I would you know? Even if it meant giving my life for here's." Hopefully this suspect will be proven guilty, locked up for a long time, becomes everyones plaything in prison, and he does us all a favor and protects the gene pool.
on March 18,2014 | 02:56PM
krusha wrote:
Great news that they caught a suspect. The way things were going, looked like the crooks would get away clean.
on March 18,2014 | 06:59AM
lew4543 wrote:
They caught the crook, but he still has a chance to get away clean. Don't forget..he still has to go before the judge. Maybe he will cry and moan enough to convince the judge to let him off with a warning or minimal jail time. Depends on which judge he has to appear in front of.
on March 18,2014 | 07:39AM
boshio wrote:
The court system is what is failing all of us.
on March 18,2014 | 12:41PM
joseph007 wrote:
Hope this guy spends the rest of his life in jail for taking a life of a person who was just walking. Unfortunately it won't happen. Defense lawyers will say "she was asking for it", and judges, maybe Judge Ahn will give out probation anyways.
on March 18,2014 | 08:09AM
cojef wrote:
Surprised of the arrest. The news up to now has not been promising. Good police work. Wonder if the arrested has a previous rap sheet.
on March 18,2014 | 08:19AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
coef...read the last paragraph.
on March 18,2014 | 08:28AM
cojef wrote:
This post was submitted on an earlier isue when that info was missing.
on March 18,2014 | 11:52AM
jmarie wrote:
He would be perfect for Hope probation and some understanding!!!!! Nothing is going to happen to this punk by the most liberal courts in the country!
on March 18,2014 | 08:22AM
Anonymous wrote:
The judge will give this guy a sever tongue lashing, 90 days probation, and a hug since he was never hugged as a child. That'll learn him.
on March 18,2014 | 03:41PM
Ripoff wrote:
on March 18,2014 | 08:24AM
Mei mei wrote:
i'm certainly glad they found the culprit and truly hope he is brought to justice ... RIP Ms. Stephenson~
on March 18,2014 | 08:31AM
false wrote:
I wonder if they turned it over to the Feds… if he could get the death penalty?
on March 18,2014 | 08:39AM
BRock wrote:
Maybe if there was a federal crime involved. However the facts as presented so far do not indicate such.
on March 18,2014 | 03:06PM
kainalu wrote:
Wannabee badman.
on March 18,2014 | 08:49AM
GWakai02 wrote:
What about his accomplice? Driver of the get away car.
on March 18,2014 | 09:02AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Wonder how they caught him? At the time the police said they had no clues and no witnesses. Good detective work I guess.
on March 18,2014 | 09:02AM
PokeStop wrote:
Probably bragging about how tough he is!
on March 18,2014 | 09:52AM
kiragirl wrote:
This is great news! Dunno what led to his arrest but hats off to HPD. Now only if our judicial system will do their part and get this punk off our streets for a very long time.
on March 18,2014 | 09:16AM
808Cindy wrote:
Anyone who prays on the weak, causing death, should be put away for LIFE !!!!
on March 18,2014 | 09:18AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
808Cindy...the word is preys, not prays LOL!
on March 18,2014 | 09:26AM
Mahalo wrote:
I hope they have the correct person
on March 18,2014 | 09:24AM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
Waiting for the family to say "he was a good boy."
on March 18,2014 | 09:32AM
Mahalo wrote:
on March 18,2014 | 11:27AM
Papakolea wrote:
Not only that. He's always the life of the party, he always has a smile on his face and he loved to make people laugh...oh yeah, and he'd give you the shirt off his back. Lets see, am I missing anything?
on March 18,2014 | 12:20PM
MakaniKai wrote:
You fo got da tree keedz by tree different ma ma's - He's a great father!
on March 18,2014 | 01:11PM
PokeStop wrote:
Figaro...Figaro! Oh boy, you in trouble now tough guy!
on March 18,2014 | 09:51AM
40black wrote:
Eye for an eye!!! May the same faith meet him
on March 18,2014 | 10:23AM
hikine wrote:
Preying on defenseless women, what a coward!
on March 18,2014 | 10:46AM
entrkn wrote:
I wonder if he is part of Elderts crew.
on March 18,2014 | 10:54AM
sleepy wrote:
Where is Deedy you when you need him? Typical local punk.
on March 19,2014 | 02:55AM
alohatom wrote:
I know how the caught him, he was on a surveillance video. I am glad HPD got him. Lock em up and throw away the keys and off to a mainland prison.
on March 18,2014 | 11:28AM
Rogerk44 wrote:
I think our justice system is way too lenient. The criminals lay back in jail with 3 squares. Time to bring back physical punishment plus time in jail. They need to pay a bigger price for their transgressions in our civilized society. We will probably not have deal with overcrowding in our jails, less recidivism.
on March 18,2014 | 01:02PM
808warriorfan wrote:
I hope I get picked for that jury !!!!!
on March 18,2014 | 01:02PM
MakaniKai wrote:
When I opened the SA homepage on read the headline I thought “Thank you Jesus” This family’s emotions are and will be raw for some time – I am thankful for them and the community dis guy was caught !
on March 18,2014 | 01:15PM
environmental_lady wrote:
The culprit might have left his DNA on the woman. After all, he shoved her and pulled the purse off her body. A DNA match will prove if the suspect did it. Better do that check quickly.
on March 18,2014 | 01:23PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Thank you HPD for finding a suspect. Now its up to the prosecutor to finish the job..
on March 18,2014 | 01:29PM
twitter6 wrote:
This guy is nothing less than SCUM
on March 18,2014 | 02:03PM
jbguzior wrote:
funny how no one mentioned drugs!!!! he must have been high or wanting to get high to do what he did.
on March 18,2014 | 02:21PM
goodvibrations wrote:
Well, he didn't make it to 2015 for a "wiped clean record". And what, you think she was asking for it because of her type of job???
on March 18,2014 | 02:57PM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
And the lenient laws on thieves such as burglars and purse snatchers lead to this kind of thing. Hawaii needs to get serious with property crimes.
on March 18,2014 | 03:16PM
ejkorvette wrote:
First All Thanks to God for his Glory. Second, choke Mahalo's to the Police, citizens of Honolulu, and everyone that provided tips and/or information leading to the arrest of this person. May justice now do its job and convict strongly as these types of crimes are becoming all to regular for Hawaii. Stronger consistent judicial punishment is required to sharply curtail this Evil trend. Regardless of where it happens, we has citizens of Hawaii must take a stand and take our streets back from the criminal elements. Save those that can and wish to be saved from a life of crime, and severely punish those that repeatedly choose to live a life of crime. If Honolulu, Hawaii has any intentions of being a top five destination choice for vacation travel, then it better invest heavily in the Stop the Crime/Take back our Streets movement, or suffer the long term consequences!!!
on March 18,2014 | 04:52PM
bshimo wrote:
Looks like he needed the money to get his brows touched up. RIP Jullie.
on March 18,2014 | 05:09PM
royboy88 wrote:
paging Dexter Morgan, paging Dexter Morgan
on March 18,2014 | 05:13PM
makiki123 wrote:
Another one that should have never been born. But who are the one's who reproduce like rabbits? Those that can't afford it and those that perpetuate the culture of the government will take care of you and if you need anything, just steal it from others. I was in a grocery store and heard some girls talking that by 40 - 45 years old a person should be a grandparent. Do the math. Yeah...start having kids in high school people.
on March 18,2014 | 05:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
Ho, dem wing nut ears going come in handy where dis guy going. Eh, Josiah, Mahalos, eh?! Going get plenny good fun, boy!
on March 18,2014 | 06:20PM
rnamiki wrote:
Waianae, why am I not surprised. Another reason to bring back the death penalty.
on March 18,2014 | 06:44PM
soundofreason wrote:
Just think - If he had been KEPT in jail for his 2010 conviction, INSTEAD of probation, this lady would be alive today. Our judicial system killed this lady.
on March 18,2014 | 07:56PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Just a reminder. This article says Josaiah Figueroa was arrested. It doesn't say what evidence they have against him or how they got it. He is still years away from a trial. He may well be guilty as sin, but he may also be innocent, in the wrong place at the wrong at the wrong or a case of mistaken identity. That's why we have trials.

Before we call for for his death or life imprisionment, let's just make sure he guilty.

on March 19,2014 | 02:44AM
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