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Kaneohe man charged with burglary, trespassing after dramatic capture

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Police arrested Eric Silva, 30, of Kaneohe, after a 5-hour manhunt in a residential area on Kaneohe Bay Drive on Friday. Silva was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree criminal trespassing.

Prosecutors charged a 30-year-old man after he allegedly burglarized two homes in Kaneohe and led police on a nearly 5-hour manhunt before he was captured.

Eric Silva of Kaneohe was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree criminal trespassing. His bail was set at $50,000.

Silva’s arraignment is scheduled to be held Thursday at Judge Colette Garibaldi’s courtroom at Circuit Court.

Police initially responded to a burglary in progress at 7:35 a.m. Friday. Police said Silva allegedly burglarized a home on Bayview Haven Place and another on Puuohalai Place.

Patrol officers spotted Silva and gave chase, but he managed to get away and fled behind homes near the hillside.

Police established a perimeter and deployed a helicopter. Members of the Specialized Services Division and search dogs scoured the hill. Plainclothes officers of the Crime Reduction Unit were also posted at every side street within the perimeter.

About 12:30 p.m., law enforcement captured Silva behind Healani Gardens, a townhome subdivision on Ikeanani Drive.

Silva has a criminal record of 16 convictions that include burglary, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, promotion of a detrimental drug, drug paraphernalia, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft and revocation or modification of probation.

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  • Charges no mean nothing. Incarceration is a no-brainer cuz he cannot roam the streets and be a threat to the community, again. Lock him up and throw the keys into the Ala Wai.

    • He may still play the race card and claim he was a victim. I don’t see him in prison for long. Unless you murder a policeman in plain sight, you don’t spend much time in prison with poor prosecution, weak judges, and a silly monopoly party.

      • How long you been here? You may think you know our local culture, but you are dead wrong. Unlike so many minorities on the mainland, locals in Hawai’i don’t play that Race card game. It just doesn’t work here. Get some time on the pond before you go spouting off with your Mainland mentality. Me thinks you still have a loooong way to go to understand us.

  • The immediate response to a story like this is always something like, “why is this guy still on the streets.” But unless we are willing to pay for expensive, long-term incarceration and resulting crowded prisons, people like this will eventually get out and be back on the streets. Legislators would have to be willing to find a way to build more prison space, although private prisons might be part of the solution.

    • Who said anything about long-term incarceration?? It’s time for our prison administrators to start getting a little more autonomy and a lot more innovative. Such as:

      Lock him on the roof of the guard tower with a pound of batu, a nice, big batu pipe, and a portable DVD player with the original version of “Superman” and let nature take its course.

      Innovation, folks.

    • For people like this guy that have NO Aloha – they should be sent to that private prison in Arizona where the inmates get to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 3 times a day. Unfortunately our over paid politicians believe they should build more prisons here where they get TV, exercise equipment and kailua pig at least once a month.

    • I say build a tent city on Kahoolawe and ship the prisoners there. If theyre able to swim away and make it to another island without drowning or getting bit by sharks then they deserve to be free

  • Probably more than likely he’ll be out in a few years to victimize society again…..too bad the cops didn’t eliminate him as it was reported that he had a gun…..

  • It’s difficult to send a strong message to the criminal element in Hawaii when the Prosecutor’s Office and Judiciary are so weak. Career criminals will continue to experience a short incarceration then let go to commit another crime. We need a justice system with gonads.

  • HPD had to call out the swat team, CRU unit and hound dogs to catch a common house thief. What an efficient and effective use of public resources by HPD. Kealoha continues to exceed expectations.

  • Two comments that i am sure you will all agree with. We have to have a better outcome for our students. they have to be better prepared to succeed, not just pass the test. second. our prisons have to be able to rehabilitate and educate inmates that will be back on the street. Give them a skill and some pride and kuleana.

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