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Posted on: Friday, February 2, 2001

Police Beat

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Homeless man held in Kalihi robbery

Police yesterday arrested a 22-year-old homeless man in connection with a florist shop robbery of a 77-year-old woman in Kalihi.

Police said the robbery happened just before 11:35 a.m. at Hirota Florist, 1436 Liliha St., when the robber sprayed mace or pepper spray at the elderly woman owner. The robber stole money and fled, police said.

About 30 minutes later, police arrested the 22-year-old man. He was identified by the woman owner, police said.

Man, 29, sought as robbery suspect

Police yesterday were searching for a 29-year-old man who is wanted on a contempt warrant and also for questioning in connection with an armed robbery in Ewa Beach on Jan. 29.

Police said Francis K. Kekona may be using drugs and should be considered dangerous. Police want to talk to Kekona about a Kauwili Street robbery during which the victim reported being held at gunpoint and tied up.

Kekona has the words "Kekona" tattooed across his back shoulder blades, has a dark brown crew cut with blond spikes and frequents Ewa Beach, Aiea, Waianae and Makaha Valley, police said.Call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Suspect held in theft of four cars

A 19-year-old Nanakuli man was arrested this week for allegedly selling four stolen cars to undercover police.

Police arrested the man on Monday on several counts of theft.

Police said the man delivered new cars to auto businesses and allegedly made copies of the car keys. He then returned to the businesses, allegedly stole four cars and sold them to undercover officers for prices ranging from $800 to $1,200, police said. The regular prices for those cars ranged from $29,000 to $18,000, police said.

"We purchased a Ford Explorer 2000, a 2000 (Ford) Sport Track, a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero and also a Honda Civic from this individual," said Honolulu Police Department Det. Jeffrey Richards. "On the last buy he was arrested for the selling of the vehicles."

Police released the man this week pending further investigation of the case, Richards said.

Robbery suspects remain at large

Two robbers remained at large yesterday following an attempted armed robbery of a dry cleaning store on Tuesday in Mililani.

Police said the attempted robbery occurred at 11:20 a.m. at Young Dry Cleaners at the Mililani Town Center, 95-1249 Meheula Parkway.

Police said a man entered the laundry, walked behind the service counter and was warned by a 27-year-old woman employee that the area was restricted to employees.

The man told the woman he had a gun and a second man entered and grabbed the woman, police said. The woman managed to break free and run screaming out the door, police said.

Police said both men left the store in a white four-door Honda Civic. One of the men wore a gray tank top with denim shorts, while the other man wore a green beanie cap with a dark blue shirt, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Victim of accident on mo-ped critical

A 53-year-old Honolulu man remained in critical condition at the Queen’s Medical Center yesterday following a Tuesday mo-ped accident at 4:11 p.m. near the intersection of Magazine and Prospect streets.

Police said the mo-ped rider was traveling on Magazine when he lost control, fell to the roadway and into an approaching green 1997 Dodge Neon sedan driven by an 18-year-old Aiea woman.

Officer injured in auto theft arrest

A police officer was injured yesterday when she was pinned between a stolen car and a police car in a parking lot in Makakilo.

Lt. Gregory Poole said the unidentified officer fired one shot, which shattered the stolen car’s passenger side window. The car’s two occupants weren’t hit.

The 21-year-old woman driving the car and her 35-year-old male passenger were arrested for auto theft. They may also face a charge of the attempted murder of a police officer.

The suspects’ car pulled into the parking lot at 92-972 Panana St. while a number of auto theft detectives in plain clothes were conducting an investigation. The car’s license plates were checked and the car was found to be stolen, Poole said.

The officer then showed her badge and asked the two to get out of the car.

It was then, police said, that the car reversed and pinned the officer. She was taken to St. Francis Medical Center-West, where she was treated for a leg injury and released.

Waimanalo brothers sought by police

Authorities yesterday were searching for two Waimanalo brothers who were wanted on various warrants.

James Kimo Kupahu is wanted for five offenses, including domestic violence, court and traffic warrants, police said.

Kupahu has convictions for drugs, auto theft, terroristic threatening and other misdemeanor and petty misdemeanors, police said.

Phillip Kalokoumaile Kupahu is wanted for probation revocation, felony contempt of court and traffic warrants, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Suspect arrested in domestic violence

Police have arrested a 39-year-old man who was wanted for various domestic violence offenses, including one involving a gun.

Plainclothes officers from the Windward Oahu Crime Reduction Unit arrested Raymond Mathewson outside of a Kaneohe business on Wednesday, police said.

Mathewson was wanted for four domestic violence warrants with an aggregate bail of $100,000, police said.

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