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4 suspects arrested in Waipahu carjacking that prompted school lockdowns

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

Honolulu police arrested four suspects, including a male carrying a handgun, this morning in the Waipahu area in connection to a robbery and stolen vehicle that prompted the lockdowns of several nearby schools.

Walter Ozeki, major for HPD’s Criminal Investigations Division, said in a news conference this afternoon that plainclothes officers had responded to a robbery in progress at 9:37 a.m. today involving two partially-masked males in Mokuleia. They were using a stolen Silver Nissan Altima while attempting to steal another vehicle on the street.

“It was the taking of an unoccupied vehicle,” Ozeki said. “When the owner confronted him (the suspect), the driver of the stolen vehicle brandished a handgun.”

The Altima the suspects were using was stolen a few days ago in the Waipahu area.

No injuries have been reported.

Officers were already monitoring the Mokuleia area and followed the car as it returned to Waipahu, which the males fled from around 10:30 a.m. Two females were still the car and were arrested for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

The two males were later found and arrested for robbery in the first degree and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Ozeki is anticipating additional charges, and said HPD is investigating a possible burglary of a home.

The Altima was abandoned about one-half mile from the closest school: Waipahu High School. Officers made several schools aware of the situation, but Ozeki said it is the school’s decision to go on lockdown.

The males had warrants, one for $25,000 and one for $30,000, and one of the arrested females had a warrant as well.

UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.

The lockdowns at Waipahu High School and August Ahrens Elementary School have been lifted under advisement from the Honolulu Police Department.


Waipahu High School and nearby August Ahrens Elementary School and are on lockdown this morning due to a carjacking off campus.

A Waipahu High School spokeswoman confirmed to the Star-Advertiser there was no active shooter threat on campus as reported by multiple people on social media.

Other schools in the area may also be on lockdown, a DOE spokeswoman said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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