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Police arrest contractor suspected of torching Kailua home

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 06:12 p.m. HST, Jul 22, 2013


Forensic evidence found at the scene of an Enchanted Lake fire in May led to the arrest of a 25-year-old contractor who police believe started the fire intentionally because of a dispute over work done at the Kailua home, according to police documents.

Ozane Alexander Mosley Jr., of Kapolei, was arrested and charged Friday with first-degree arson of a home that was being renovated on Kupau Street in May. He posted $100,000 bail on Friday after he was charged.

The Kailua home was vacant when the fire was reported at 10:30 p.m. May 17. Mosley was burned during an explosion that occurred when the fire was ignited.

API Corp, a real estate company that owns the home, said there was a dispute with the contractor, Honolulu Home improvement, a police statement said. The real estate company had withheld final payment of $2,500 because it believed remodeling work was sub-standard and needed to be corrected.

Ozane Mosley Jr. was doing the remodeling work, police said.

The suspect was identified by tissue, blood and human skin found after the fire was extinguished on May 17.

The samples were collected from the downstairs stairway door, door knobs, concrete pavement outside the Enchanted Lake home, door jambs, walls and door frames.

The DNA profile obtained from the samples matched those of the suspect whose information was on file because he is a convicted offender, the police statement said.

Mosely’s girlfriend told police that she dropped off the suspect in Enchanted Lake on May 17 because he said he was going to spend the night at friend’s house.

After she dropped Mosley off, the woman said she got a text message from her boyfriend asking her to wait since his friend may not be home.

The girlfriend parked at McDonald’s restaurant in Enchanted Lake -- three blocks away from the fire site -- to wait.

A few minutes later, the woman said she saw “Mosley running towards her screaming in pain, with no shirt on, his pants smoking,” the police statement said.

The woman took Mosley to Castle Medical Center for treatment.

At 11:25 p.m., a police officer responding to a report of a man being treated for burns spoke with Mosley.

The suspect told the officer that he was helping his girlfriend move when their car ran out of gas.

While refueling the vehicle, the suspect said “some of the gasoline splashed onto his face and clothing,” the police statement said.

Mosley told police that “he got upset and decided to smoke a cigarette at which time he caught on fire.”

Witnesses told police they saw a man running from the fire scene carrying a blue five-gallon gas can.

A blue plastic gas container was found on May 18 from below the bridge at Keolu Drive and Kupau Street, along with a green disposable lighter.

During the arson investigation, a police detective said the intruder scratched a newly installed refrigerator and kitchen cabinets, and poured an ignitable liquid on the floor of the living room and kitchen and set it on fire.

Vapors from the liquid caused an explosion when the suspect lit the fluid, police said. The pressure of the explosive force cracked a door and two walls of the Kailua home.

Mosley has been convicted five times for car theft beginning in 2007.







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iwanaknow wrote:
I guess he won't be working for a while?................and what about his girl friend?
on July 22,2013 | 01:01PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Yup, anyone who believes that his girlfriend waited three blocks away just in case his friend wasn't at home better think again. Did the cops ask for the friend's name and/or check the GF's text messages? Although she's probably an accomplice, they probably need her testimony to get a conviction so she'll walk. Also, five convictions in six years and he's not serving time???
on July 22,2013 | 02:50PM
bullturd wrote:
No, our cops never ask the girlfriend for any info. They going wait until the CSI Team come from Las Vega$ to take over the case, or call in Jethro from NCIS Geez....Give our cops & forensic team a break.
on July 22,2013 | 04:44PM
myviewofthings wrote:
hahahahahaha ............ BACHI hahahahahahahahahahhah............
on July 22,2013 | 01:08PM
dlum003 wrote:
Man, what a genius cover up plan dont you agree?
on July 22,2013 | 01:10PM
Mypualani wrote:
wow!
on July 22,2013 | 01:31PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Just like in the movies. Dump crock.
on July 22,2013 | 01:36PM
markat wrote:
This guy can play Larry, Curly and Moe. Save some producer big bucks on salaries.
on July 22,2013 | 02:58PM
loquaciousone wrote:
If Mosley can't make it as a contractor he should try being a comedian. Even Frank Delima couldn't make up a story like that.
on July 22,2013 | 01:45PM
AlexandriaB wrote:
Absolutely drop-dead hilarious! Sounds like something out of a movie. Also, he's 25 years old and has already been CONVICTED of (not just arrested for) car theft 5 times?! Why wasn't he in prison still? What kind of prison sentence do you get for car theft here, 2 weeks or something?! Geez...
on July 22,2013 | 02:07PM
stingray65 wrote:
This is Hawaii!! 25 convictions, still running around and committ more crimes!! No consequences whatsoever!!
on July 22,2013 | 03:22PM
bullturd wrote:
No kidding...Lucky he live Hawaii and not Texas.
on July 22,2013 | 04:46PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Paging Dr. Darwin, Dr. Charles Darwin...award nominee waiting in the ER.
on July 22,2013 | 02:17PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
What a kodak momemt that must have been with him running down the street with his pants smoking....bwahahahahaha!!
on July 22,2013 | 02:51PM
gobows wrote:
POOR GUY!!...dontcha feel sorry for him?? anyone got some ALOE??
on July 22,2013 | 02:59PM
BigOpu wrote:
Ah, so the first thing after having gas splashed on his face and shirt is to strike a match to light up a cig. Got it. I guess it would be safe to say that he didn't finish at the top of his class...if at all.
on July 22,2013 | 03:06PM
loquaciousone wrote:
We call guys like Ozane 99¢ short of a dollar bill.
on July 22,2013 | 03:40PM
markat wrote:
Anybody remember the Cheech and Chong move Up in Smoke? I was sitting at Mcdonalds, Just waiting for my old man, I dropped him off at his friends house, With a blue 5-gallon gas can. And then I hear him screaming, He was running real fas', He neva have one shirt on, And smoke was coming out of his asssssss!
on July 22,2013 | 03:13PM
stingray65 wrote:
You play with fire, you get burn!!
on July 22,2013 | 03:20PM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
Bozo!
on July 22,2013 | 03:30PM
cojef wrote:
Amazing chain of events, first the dispute, then the fairy tale about visiting a friend, finally running to McDonald with his face ablaze. When thing go awry, there is no escape. This guy got caught red-handed so there must an akua somewhere attempting to right a wrong committed.
on July 22,2013 | 04:04PM
2_centz wrote:
circumstantial evidence and the contractor will be free. Contractor worked there and naturally his DNA
on July 22,2013 | 04:21PM
hanoz808 wrote:
if he's been convicted before how is he allowed to start a business?
on July 22,2013 | 04:28PM
false wrote:
Did API check the contractors's background with BBB? Or did they go with the cheapest bid. You usually get what you pay for.
on July 22,2013 | 05:16PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Convicted five times since 2007 and still walking the streets! What does this tell us about the judiciary? Give me a brake!
on July 22,2013 | 06:16PM
Slow wrote:
Multiple convictions and he is not in jail? He should be either publicly tortured to death or at least be sentenced to 75 years. There! See? I am the meanest baddest get-tough-on -crime guy on the whole internet.
on July 22,2013 | 06:32PM
Grimbold wrote:
Slow I wished you were not kidding. In your heart you are really a softy on crime, especially when minorities are mentioned..
on July 22,2013 | 07:21PM
Slow wrote:
Oh no, I am a big believer in white power and long mandatory prison sentences. We already incarcerate far more of our population per capita than any other country. Why? Are we worse people? Would getting tough on crime improve things?
on July 23,2013 | 07:41AM
Anonymous wrote:
Well, this will hurt his Yelp score...and I'm not talking about the arson...I'm talking about his photo.
on July 22,2013 | 07:02PM
Grimbold wrote:
It is hard to get a contractor in Hawaii who is doing good work.
on July 22,2013 | 07:19PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This guy has been convicted five times since 2007 of car theft? How many times did he get out only to do it again? We need to lock these guys for a longer time for repeat offenses.
on July 22,2013 | 07:19PM
mulen wrote:
All together now....BUX FOR LOLOS! BUX FOR LOLOS! BUX FOR LOLOS! Only thing is it will now mean our BUX supporting this LOLO in jail.
on July 22,2013 | 08:16PM
Anonymous wrote:
I guess he was wearing a headband at the time of the fire.
on July 22,2013 | 10:00PM
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