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Kailua man allegedly attacks crime witness

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:47 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2013

A 26-year-old Kailua man is in custody facing several charges because of the actions of a private citizen who prevented the suspect from leaving a crime scene at a Kailua business on Friday.

Police said the suspect was seen breaking into a car Friday at the Longs Kailua parking lot. A 54-year-old witness stopped him from fleeing by blocking the suspect’s path with his van.

The witness told police the suspect then got out his car and allegedly punched him through the open driver's side window. The witness then got out his car and was again allegedly attacked by the suspect, who fled, leaving his car because it was still blocked by the van.

Police located the suspect at his home Monday and arrested him on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, criminal property damage, assault and contempt of court.

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Bully wrote:
Brave man but maybe stupid. Not worth risking your life to stop a car theft.
on June 20,2013 | 09:17AM
wahine wrote:
True HERO.
on June 20,2013 | 09:24AM
allie wrote:
It is about time citizens out here strike back. HPD is useless and you will need federal law enforcement to crack down on growing drug related crime. As for Kailua being some elite place, kiss that idea goodbye. It is crime city.
on June 20,2013 | 10:08AM
honopic wrote:
"Out here" again, allie? And where are your facts to back up this alleged "crime city?"
on June 20,2013 | 10:47AM
Skyler wrote:
Crime city? As compared to where, exactly? Mr. Rogers' neighborhood?
on June 20,2013 | 10:57AM
ponowai wrote:
Another dumb comment from the Manoa All-lie news reporter.
on June 20,2013 | 12:35PM
Slow wrote:
I was suckered into repying to "allie" but now have to agree with the person who said "allie" is a paid blogger. I no longer read anything "allie" posts.
on June 20,2013 | 03:38PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Allie is an internet troll who likes attention...best to just ignore and not respond at all...
on June 20,2013 | 04:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
Time to implement the cutting off of hands for convicted thieves. Lets see how fast the crime rate drops after that. secondly, time for Hawai`i to allow conceal and carry. The victim could have shot him in the face and save all us tax payers from wasting more money on locking up greedy people.
on June 20,2013 | 11:22AM
control wrote:
It's easy for you to get your wish - just move to the middle east like Iran.
on June 20,2013 | 03:37PM
Slow wrote:
Good idea. A shoot-out in broad daylight at a busy part of Kailua. But everybody is a gun-packing bad boy on the internet, yeah?
on June 20,2013 | 03:41PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
While its commendable that the witness got involved...it was neverless foolish to place himself in harms way to stop a break in of someone else's car.....taking a cellphone picture or video of the of the suspect would have been enough to assist the police to apprehend the suspect....
on June 20,2013 | 04:40PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Kailua fell apart years ago. Only the old time (read: stubborn) residents still think it is a nice place to live. They are wrong.
on June 20,2013 | 07:49PM
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