An Oahu grand jury
this week indicted a 38-year-old man who allegedly stole a police subsidized vehicle and led police on an islandwide chase.
Jaya K. Titcomb was
indicted Tuesday. He is charged with assault of a law enforcement officer in the first degree, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, terroristic threatening in the first degree and resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle in the first
Titcomb’s arraignment is scheduled for Monday at Circuit Court. He remains
in custody at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The allegations against Titcomb stem from an incident on the morning of Aug. 27, when police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle with a man, later identified as Titcomb, slumped over the steering wheel in Kaimuki. Police
ordered him to step out of the car after they ran a vehicle check and discovered the sedan was a recently
recovered stolen vehicle. As police investigated items in the back seat of the vehicle they deemed suspicious, they said Titcomb was allowed to go use the bathroom but instead jumped into the driver’s seat of a dark blue Toyota 4Runner subsidized police vehicle and struck an officer.
As Titcomb fled in the subsidized vehicle, police said the officer drew his gun and fired a single round at Titcomb. Police were led on a chase before the sport utility vehicle was ditched in Waiahole, and Titcomb fled on foot.
Police arrested him the next morning near a bridge on Waiahole Valley Road
after a resident saw him
and called 911.
Services treated and transported Titcomb to a hospital for gunshot injuries to his left shoulder.