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Man charged in Big Island home invasion

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:44 a.m. HST, Sep 18, 2013

Hawaii County police Monday arrested a 30-year-old man, one of three suspects in a Puna home invasion robbery in July.

Detectives arrested Mark McCurley for second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and kidnapping.

A Hawaii island grand jury had indicted him earlier on those charges. His bail was set at $85,000.

McCurley and Kawika Benny Kahee, 30, had been arrested Aug. 20 during a warrants sweep, and were subsequently released after being charged.

McCurley and Kahee were scheduled to appear in court after being charged for several offenses stemming from the July 24 home invasion robbery.

In that robbery, three people forced their way into a 56-year-old woman's home in Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna, assaulted her and restrained her before they fled with items taken from her home.

The third suspect was never arrested, nor has he been identified.

Police are asking for help in finding Kahee, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 265 pounds, with shoulder-length, straight, black hair, brown eyes, a tan complexion and a large build.

He often wears a light mustache and goatee.

He also has several tattoos, including Trinity on his chest, "Serenity" on his right forearm and a large tattoo wrapping around his left forearm.

Kahee was indicted on second-degree robbery, third-degree assault, second-degree theft, and drug charges, and is also wanted on two arrest warrants for probation revocation and a bench warrant for contempt of court.

Anyone with information on Kahee's whereabouts or on the identity of the third suspect is asked to call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at

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