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Former fugitive charged in connection with escape attempts

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:33 p.m. HST, Mar 19, 2012

A 34-year-old former fugitive, re-captured on Friday, appeared in District Court this morning on charges of escape, contempt of court, and terroristic threatening for allegedly trying to run over two police officers during his arrest.

Kenneth Wong was being held on $150,000 bail.

Police said Wong tried to escape from authorities four times this month and was successful twice.

But police finally cornered him in Punaluu Friday.

In a CrimeStoppers Bulletin last week,  police said Kenneth Wong  jumped from a three-story building in Makiki on March 6 while trying to evade police and then fled from the Queen's Medical Center, while being treated for his injuries. He earlier ran and drove away from police trying to arrest him for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle.

On Friday morning, police found Wong sitting in his girlfriend's vehicle at her home at 53-224 Kamehameha Highway. When an officer told him to get out, Wong climbed into the driver's seat and drove off, nearly hitting the officer, police said. Wong drove to the other end of the property, but another vehicle blocked the exit. 

A second officer approached Wong from the driver's side and was almost hit as he drove the vehicle backwards, police said. The vehicle ended up in a ditch and officers arrested Wong at 9:10 a.m. after a brief scuffle.

His 28-year-old girlfriend was also arrested for hindering prosecution and an earlier arrest warrant.

Wong was wanted for auto theft, fleeing the scene of an accident, drug charges, and resisting arrest for a series of events earlier this month.

According to police, officers tried to stop Wong, who was driving a stolen van on March 3. Police said Wong ran a red light at the intersection of Lunalilo Street and Ward Avenue, and collided with a Ford pickup. The impact sent the truck into an oncoming Honda SUV. A woman riding in the Honda was taken to the hospital in good condition.

Wong fled on foot, police said.

Three days later, Wong's sister reported her brother was trying to get into her apartment. When officers arrived, Wong ran and tried jumping from rooftop to rooftop, police said. Two officers were injured while trying to stop Wong. 

Wong was hurt when he jumped from a three-story walk-up. He was found nearby and hospitalized at the Queen's Medical Center for his injuries. On March 7, he fled from the hospital with medical equipment still attached to his arm, police said.

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manakuke wrote:
What a loser!
on March 19,2012 | 07:12AM
allie wrote:
He has made a fool out of HPD.
on March 19,2012 | 12:17PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
How did Wong escape from Queens Medical Center with medical equipment still attached to him? Wasn't there an officer assigned to watch and prevent that from happening? This escape should not have happened.
on March 19,2012 | 07:23AM
cojef wrote:
No redemption for this animal, cuz he lack the smarts to make it. A born loser.
on March 19,2012 | 07:27AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I don't understand the terroistic threatening charge. Usually when you try to run over a policeman, you get either shot or charged with attempted murder.
on March 19,2012 | 07:28AM
allie wrote:
He keeps walking free as he knows how to play the system out here
on March 19,2012 | 12:18PM
edster48 wrote:
Im sure he's really a "good boy", he's just misunderstood. Kind of telling though, his own sister called the cops when he came by for a "visit". Also noting no mention of his prior arrest record.
on March 19,2012 | 08:29AM
808warriorfan wrote:
on March 19,2012 | 09:16AM
Pocho wrote:
lose money, not worth locking him up and throwing the key away.
on March 19,2012 | 09:36AM
Imua45 wrote:
A good example of staying in school getting an edcuation so you can make better decisions in life & not go down this path of ignorance.
on March 19,2012 | 09:41AM
Kawipoo wrote:
This is why Hawaii needs a three strikes and your out law. Lock this loser up for life.
on March 19,2012 | 09:46AM
Pocho wrote:
again, lose money locking this guy up and throwing the key away. Hawaii needs more than the 3 strike law
on March 19,2012 | 10:04AM
bubbaButt wrote:
Yeah, lets call it the "Stupid" law... Do something stupid, (that affects others) go directly to jail.
on March 19,2012 | 10:17AM
stingray65 wrote:
He should be shoot on sight!! Now the tax payer have to feed and and plus his medical bills..This is not a news in Hawaii Law... Catch and release.. Cops with catch them, Judge release them... Very long process.. bullets are cheaper.. of course he was a good kid after got shoot !!
on March 19,2012 | 10:46AM
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on March 19,2012 | 10:49AM
allie wrote:
on March 19,2012 | 12:18PM
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