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Mililani activist's 2 cars torched; arson suspected

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:50 p.m. HST, Jul 03, 2014

Authorities are investigating a possible arson after two parked cars were found ablaze outside an environmental activist's home in Mililani.

When firefighters arrived at Carroll Cox's home at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, the fire was already extinguished, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman David Jenkins said.

Cox told firefighters he was inside the house when he heard an explosion and went outside to find his two cars on fire. Jenkins said Cox doused the flames with a garden hose and an extinguisher.

One car was parked in the driveway and the other was partially in the carport, Jenkins said.

Cox told Hawaii News Now he believes he was targeted as retaliation for his investigations into illegal dumping and leases on land owned by the Department of Hawaiian Homelands.

"No, it will not deter my work, because I'm not doing anything wrong," he told the news station. "I'm doing what I do to expose waste, fraud and abuse."

Jenkins said it appears flares were used, an indication of possible arson.

"Police will do the final determination if it's arson," he said.

A police spokeswoman said an arson investigation is underway.

Damage to both cars is estimated at about $3,000, Jenkins said.

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saveparadise wrote:
Weird stuff going on in Hawaii these days. Everyone should be concerned. Respect the people and respect the aina. The environment is precious.
on July 3,2014 | 09:07AM
8082062424 wrote:
people are taking to some dangerous ways to make a point
on July 3,2014 | 09:17AM
Pocho wrote:
does one have to look any further than Aiwohi Trucking? Was it his 2 henchmen who gave Cox a good ole beating?
on July 3,2014 | 02:48PM
Giligan wrote:
PRC and union trucking thugs, ask Hanaboosa.
on July 4,2014 | 06:48AM
Pocho wrote:
Does one have to look any further than Aiwohi Trucking whose supposed henchmen gave Cox a good ole beating?
on July 3,2014 | 02:50PM
Pocho wrote:
Do we have to look any further than Aiwohi's Trucking?
on July 3,2014 | 02:53PM
bumba wrote:
Sick and cowardly.
on July 3,2014 | 09:41AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Maybe its an insurance scam or a plea to get some guy to buy him some new wheels.
on July 3,2014 | 02:05PM
innocentBystander wrote:
Not likely.
on July 3,2014 | 03:33PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Nope. Carroll Cox is the most principled man in Hawaii.
on July 3,2014 | 09:37PM
HaoleGuy wrote:
I wouldn't go that far Kalaheo, however I agree with you that I'm sure this is legit and he is a victim of an attack, not a scam artist.
on July 4,2014 | 05:45AM
Damage was estimated @ $3k.. Must have been a 1972 Gremlin and a 1973 Vega. Actually, those might be worth bit more today than when they were originally introduced.
on July 3,2014 | 09:55AM
what wrote:
Two cars worth $3000? Ford Pintos like to explode, not sure it would even be worth half that.
on July 3,2014 | 01:50PM
control wrote:
Cox specifically mentioned local organized crime on the morning news.
on July 3,2014 | 10:29AM
8082062424 wrote:
he just making more and more enemy's. he should have a little more facts before he accuses some one
on July 3,2014 | 10:42AM
Wazdat wrote:
yeah, video evidence is not enough.
on July 3,2014 | 11:11AM
niimi wrote:
Just show Mr. Cox about these new, nifty portable cameras that can run for days. Make Mr. Cox even more effective.
on July 3,2014 | 04:49PM
eoe wrote:
Funny but if you accuse someone and it is untrue it is called slander if spoken or libel if printed, both of which have legal recourse. But I guess if it is true then your only recourse is to murder the person saying it or burn down his house.
on July 3,2014 | 11:51AM
innocentBystander wrote:
Seems like the reason he's being targeted is because he HAS the facts.
on July 3,2014 | 03:34PM
honopic wrote:
So, accusing organized crime is making more "enemy's"? (sic) Sounds like you're standing up for them!
on July 3,2014 | 10:04PM
bsbsbs wrote:
8082062424 you belong in 90210
on July 4,2014 | 12:51AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
That alone should be a clue that this is a scam. "Organized Crime" burning a $3,000 car? You kidding me? If they wanted to send a message they would just wait for him and express their displeasure on other ways.
on July 3,2014 | 05:11PM
Skyler wrote:
Whoever it is already did that with a pipe upside his head.
on July 3,2014 | 08:44PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Yeah, they did that too.

The only reason they torched cheap cars is because Carroll Cox lives a spartan life.

on July 3,2014 | 09:42PM
islandsun wrote:
This guy should go to the feds not the local police.
on July 3,2014 | 10:54AM
paradisetax wrote:
Time to bring in the FBI.
on July 3,2014 | 10:56AM
busterb wrote:
What the Ilocanos going do?
on July 3,2014 | 12:23PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Is there an "angel" out there to buy him two cars?
on July 3,2014 | 10:58AM
richierich wrote:
Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.
on July 3,2014 | 02:02PM
8082062424 wrote:
I really thought he was going to accuse Kamehameha schools they been his latest victim
on July 3,2014 | 11:08AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
on July 3,2014 | 02:53PM
fiveo wrote:
Cox should see if the FBI will get involved. He cannot rely on HPD as far as they are concerned, its a property damage case caused by arson. At most attempted murder maybe. Cox needs to see if Chief Kealoha will grant him a permit to carry F/A. But no sense dreaming, cause it is not going to happen. HPD here is very anti-gun and against people being able to defend themselves.
on July 3,2014 | 11:23AM
entrkn wrote:
The FBI should definitely step in on this before it becomes an unnecessary tragedy.
on July 3,2014 | 11:45AM
jusjoking wrote:
His garage is full of stuff. Park across my sidewalk, I torch your car.
on July 3,2014 | 11:47AM
Skyler wrote:
So you're the one who torched his cars?
on July 3,2014 | 12:02PM
pakeheat wrote:
He was jusjoking
on July 3,2014 | 12:56PM
kk808 wrote:
Not a joking matter.
on July 3,2014 | 07:23PM
niimi wrote:
Maybe that garage full of stuff is evidence against the illegal dumpers?
on July 3,2014 | 04:51PM
sailfish1 wrote:
How do you know "His garage is full of stuff"?
on July 3,2014 | 08:16PM
Skyler wrote:
Cuz he torched his cars?
on July 3,2014 | 08:45PM
cojef wrote:
A dangerous place to live where one has to be alert cuz someone is bent on doing you harm. Was it a message?
on July 3,2014 | 11:42AM
hilohanaue wrote:
I admire Mr. Cox and the work he does for our community. The kind of retaliation he's experiencing tells me he's doing something right.
on July 3,2014 | 11:43AM
innocentBystander wrote:
I agree.
on July 3,2014 | 03:35PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Mililani is a scary dangerous hood.
on July 3,2014 | 11:55AM
Kealii wrote:
Scary central side!
on July 3,2014 | 12:56PM
pakeheat wrote:
Nanakuli ain't any bettah
on July 3,2014 | 12:57PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Try Dat in Nanaz, might have 2 burn Cadillacs , but going get one crispy crook right next to um.
on July 3,2014 | 07:30PM
Skyler wrote:
lol so true.
on July 3,2014 | 08:45PM
jimbone wrote:
Hopefully the EBT card not in the car, that would be a tragedy.
on July 4,2014 | 01:01AM
localguy wrote:
Nothing like Nanakuli, hood central.
on July 3,2014 | 05:52PM
Skyler wrote:
This is getting beyond serious. First an attack that could have killed him & now this? I'd look into a CC permit if I were he.
on July 3,2014 | 12:01PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
If this is the work of organized criminals here on Oahu, I highly doubt they will go beyond threats from this point forward. Cox is too high-profile, news wise, and it would be bad for business--for even criminals are in the business of making money--and they won't risk losing it all just to settle a score.
on July 3,2014 | 06:06PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
They beat him up and burned his cars.
on July 3,2014 | 09:44PM
false wrote:
Hmmm. Cox makes a living by being in the news. Nothing like torched cars and explosion (only 3K damages?) to highlight his company. Just speculating.
on July 3,2014 | 12:08PM
HakunaMatata wrote:
Maybe you should base your comments on facts instead of taking shots at this man based on "speculation". He makes no money being on the news. He's a retired citizen who is dedicated to volunteering his own time and resources to call out those who are damaging our aina and/or ripping us off. I wonder if the damage amount was a mis-print. Perhaps it was supposed to read $30,000?
on July 3,2014 | 02:37PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Nah, Carroll Cox is the kind of guy who'd drive fuel efficient beater cars.
on July 3,2014 | 09:46PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I love this comment. It proves that given enough room, ignorance circles around to become hilarity. Please, false...keep it coming.
on July 3,2014 | 02:56PM
false wrote:
Stay tuned. and learn something.
on July 3,2014 | 05:01PM
honopic wrote:
We are. We're learning just how lolo you can be, false.
on July 3,2014 | 10:08PM
blkdrgn wrote:
He should apply for a CCW license since it's legal in Hawaii...good luck!
on July 3,2014 | 02:27PM
awahana wrote:
A local security company needs to sponsor him with surveillance CCD cameras around his home and a dash cam. Then we can also use this in a episode of H50.
on July 3,2014 | 02:40PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
He must be on to something. He's pretty courageous after all he's been through over the last few years.
on July 3,2014 | 02:53PM
innocentBystander wrote:
Keep up the good work, Mr. Cox. Don't let these cowards scare you.
on July 3,2014 | 03:38PM
false wrote:
Bottom line is he does what he does for everyone.
on July 3,2014 | 04:05PM
DanLBoom wrote:
Is this a case of mistaken identity ???.. A lot of people should become aware of what Mr. Cox's is trying to do.His efforts on spotting environmental issues are spot-on.Trash and illegal dumping etc, even holding our own public officials responsible...this is Exactly. the kind of person who should be running for public office. In my book he is a Defender of this land and we all should be standing behind him. IMUA
on July 3,2014 | 04:21PM
Skyler wrote:
Agree. Cox is doing the right thing for Hawaii & the 'aina.
on July 3,2014 | 08:47PM
Oahuan wrote:
Where's the Aloha Spirit? LOL!
on July 3,2014 | 04:26PM
BonDancr wrote:
Thanks, Carroll, for your courage. (I guess the persons mocking him don't mind if their pet dogs get eaten - - - remember, he cares for animals, native birds, etc too).
on July 3,2014 | 04:53PM
honokai wrote:
It might not deter his work. But this kind of terroristic crime could deter a lot of other people from participating in any kind of governmental process The Feds need to put some resources into this. This is an attack on our community and the rule of law.
on July 3,2014 | 05:49PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
But the irony is many high profile activists groups--Occupy Wall Street comes to mind--are on the watch list of the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, etc.
on July 3,2014 | 06:29PM
localguy wrote:
Sad to say the Nei has a past history of union goons and other totally dysfunctional people torching vehicles. Most of these people are uneducated, losers in society who have nothing but time on their hands to disrupt innocent people.
on July 3,2014 | 05:51PM
honokai wrote:
Perhaps, but the federal government has substantial power that could make any two bit gang crack if they use their resources. Remember the weekly open display of chicken fighting in Waialua. The FBI has to wake up because there was a mole in their office. A whole lot of people fell including honolulu's finest after that.
on July 3,2014 | 05:58PM
yhls wrote:
A Vega and a Pinto? Das good. Real good.
on July 3,2014 | 06:12PM
paulokada wrote:
Thank you Mr. Cox for doing God's work. May the Force be with you.
on July 3,2014 | 08:14PM
jmarie wrote:
Eh Cox you going be Maha'oi no cry when you catch cracks. Hawaii way to small always get somebody going know where you live!
on July 3,2014 | 09:09PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
That sounds like a threat against Mr Cox. Is that what you're doing?
on July 3,2014 | 09:49PM
bsbsbs wrote:
Star Advertiser - you need to report this user to the FBI or local police!
on July 4,2014 | 12:56AM
jimbone wrote:
True dat.
on July 4,2014 | 01:09AM
jimbone wrote:
Might be the answer...
on July 4,2014 | 12:56AM
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