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Updated at 12:40 p.m., January 8, 2001

Police capture fugitive after Nuuanu stand-off

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

A 24-year-old fugitive wanted for parole revocation was arrested at about 12:15 p.m. today following a nearly 2 1/2-hour standoff with police at a two-story apartment building in Nuuanu.

Police surrounded the Nuuanu Gardens Apartments at 1719 Nuuanu Ave.after 9:30 a.m. following a tip through Crime Stoppers that Frank K. Chin was in the area.

After police arrived, Chin’s lawyer, Don Wilkerson, said he talked by phone to his client, who was in the apartment. Wilkerson said Chin and the woman who rents the residence were in the apartment.

Wilkerson said he urged Chin to surrender, but said he feared for his safety and the safety of the woman because of the number of police firearms.

But Chin later talked to the police SWAT officials and gave himself up, Wilkerson said.

Chin was taken to the police cellblock on the parole revocation warrant.

Wilkerson said he doesn’t believe any criminal charges will be filed against the woman who rented the apartment.

At least one nearby school took precautions to ensure student safety. Cathedral School located across Nuuanu Avenue from the apartment building was not in a lockdown situation, school officials said, but they had taken safety measures, including locking a back gate.

Police officers were at the apartment building on Friday fearing that Chin was holding a woman hostage, but the woman and a man — not Chin — emerged unharmed from the apartment four hours later.

Chin has 18 convictions, including robbery, burglary, auto theft and drug offenses, according to the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center.

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