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Teen injured trying to halt car theft

A 15-year-old girl was injured Friday night after attempting to stop a man from stealing her sister’s car.

According to police, a 29-year-old Papakolea man had taken the keys to the vehicle without permission and was attempting to leave with the car when the girl jumped on the hood.

The suspect proceeded to drive away, causing the girl to roll off the hood and fall onto the pavement.

The girl was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The suspect was located at about 11:20 p.m. on Prospect Street and arrested for alleged unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, second-degree assault and abuse of a household member.

Alleged burglar caught via DNA lead

DNA led detectives to a 35-year-old man who was arrested and charged Friday with burglarizing a Waikiki business two times last year, police said.

Graham J. Vana, who has no local address, remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail for two counts of second-degree burglary and four warrants.

Police said Vana entered the business on two separate occasions between Oct. 20 and Nov. 22 and stole a large amount of merchandise.

Detectives identified him by DNA at the scene, police said.

Vana was arrested 1 a.m. Friday in Waikiki near Kalakaua and Liliuokalani avenues.

Woman safe after 2 days

A 61-year-old Volcano woman who had been reported missing returned home safely Friday morning, Big Island police said.

Vera Matsuda-Brownlea got lost when she wandered off her usual path during an afternoon walk Wednesday and became disoriented, police said. She spent two nights outdoors before she found a fence that led her back to her Volcano neighborhood.

Matsuda-Brownlea suffered minor scrapes, but was otherwise unharmed, police said.


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