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Man allegedly burglarizes Kona condo, assaults police officer

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:12 p.m. HST, Dec 24, 2013

A man suspected of burglarizing a Kailua-Kona condominium while the unit's occupants were asleep could face additional charges after he allegedly assaulted a police officer during his arrest.

Occupants of a condominium along Kuakini Highway reported the theft of a jewelry box, ukulele and mobile phones from their unit Monday morning. The items had been taken earlier while they were asleep with their door unlocked.

Police returned to the same complex a few hours later in response to reports of a man sleeping behind a garage.

One of the responding officers found a man with items matching the description of the possessions taken in the earlier burglary. When he tried to arrest the man, 22, the suspect allegedly resisted and struck the officer on the head.

The officer was treated for a laceration and swelling. The suspect was taken into custody under suspicion of burglary, theft, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and terroristic threatening.

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