A 19-year-old man has been charged with reckless endangering and other offenses in connection with a crime spree on the Big Island.
Eric Wilson Jr. was charged Wednesday with first-degree reckless endangering, first-degree terroristic threatening, place to keep pistol, possession of prohibited weapons and carrying/possessing a loaded firearm on a public highway. His bail has been set at $16,000.
Police arrested Wilson Monday on suspicion of auto theft after a county vehicle — a 2016 Ford F-350 utility tool box truck with a lift gate — was stolen from the county’s mass transit base yard during the early morning hours Saturday.
Over the weekend, police responded to reports of the truck driving recklessly around Hilo. The stolen vehicle also was involved in two police pursuits and at least two hit-and-runs involving members of the public.
On Monday, police said an occupant later identified as Wilson was in the stolen truck traveling within the Paradise Park Subdivision when he fired a gunshot out of the window near bystanders. No injuries were reported.
About three hours later, a police tracking dog found Wilson in Mountain View after he and an accomplice ditched the vehicle. The accomplice has yet to be located.
Police later found the stolen truck engulfed in flames in the Fern Forest subdivision.
Officers recovered a bag from in the area where police found Wilson. Police said the bag contained a loaded handgun with a magazine capable of holding ten rounds of ammunition.
The Hawaii Police Department is asking the public to help locate four people wanted for questioning in the crime spree.
Jeremy Rafael Jr., 25, who frequents Puna and Hilo, is described as 5-foot-7 and 190 pounds with a medium build. Police further described him as having black hair and brown eyes. He has “Eveliga” tattooed on his left forearm, a skull tattoo on his right bicep and a tribal design tattoo on his right forearm. Police said he is also wanted for an outstanding bench warrant.
Keanu Krause, 21, of Mountain View is 5-foot-10 and 140 pounds with a slim build. He has black hair and brown eyes. Police said he has a tattoo of “Krause” on his right bicep and “outlawz” on his right rib cage. Krause is also wanted in an unrelated trespassing case.
Tiani Kapeli-Spencer, 21, of Hawaiian Paradise Park, is 5-foot-4 and 140 pounds with a medium build. Police said she has brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.
Jasmine Saragosa-Taoy, 23, also of Hawaiian Paradise Park, is 5-foot-3 and 145 pounds with a medium build. She has black shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.
Police said they are considered armed and dangerous and the public are advised not to approach them.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the four individuals is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311 or Det. Wendall Carter or e-mail Wendall.Carter@hawaiicounty.gov.
Tipsters also may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.