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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, June 2, 2001

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Truck hits mo-ped; man badly hurt

A 19-year-old man was critically injured when the mo-ped he was operating was struck by a pickup truck in Kalihi last night.

Police said the man was driving west on Auiki Street shortly after 10 p.m. when he was hit by the eastbound pickup, which was making a left turn onto Mokauea Street.

The mo-ped operator was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver of the pickup was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was not injured.

Carjacking suspects found in canefield

KAHULUI, Maui — Two suspects in a carjacking were found hiding in a canefield yesterday afternoon.

The couple, a 35-year-old Ha'iku man and a 27-year-old woman with no known address, were being questioned by police last night and had not been charged. Lt. Glenn Cuomo of the Maui Police Department said both suspects probably would be held on warrants in other cases while an investigation into the carjacking continues.

The incident began around 12:30 p.m. yesterday when the pair were confronted at Kmart in Kahului by some citizens who recognized the car the suspects were driving as a stolen vehicle, Cuomo said. The suspects ran to a nearby Kahului Florist van and commandeered the vehicle, speeding off with the van's female driver still inside. Cuomo said a weapon was not used.

After driving a short distance to Spreckelsville, the suspects fled on foot into the canefield, leaving the van and the driver unhurt.

Suspects charged in home invasion

Police have charged two men in connection with a Makakilo home-invasion robbery in which intruders choked a woman, rifled through a safe and stole a van Tuesday afternoon.

Police charged David Cassidy, 27, of Makakilo with possession of a prohibited weapon, second-degree theft, an ammunition offense, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and second-degree robbery. William Mara, 26, of Makakilo was charged with auto theft. Cassidy's bail was set at $100,000, Mara's at $15,000.

Officials said a 17-year-old boy also accused in the home invasion could be charged as an adult. He is being held at a detention home.

On Tuesday, two intruders forced their way into the woman's home when she answered the door. One choked her and demanded money. She broke free and ran to her bedroom. The intruders kicked in the door, forced her to open her safe, tied her up and stole her car. Leeward O'ahu Crime Reduction Units spotted the car on Hakimo Road and arrested the driver.

Police checked a nearby vacant townhouse and found two people with the woman's property.

Man surrenders in road rage case

A man whom police accuse of fighting with two other men after a road-rage incident in Wahiawa in March surrendered to police this week.

Police said the man became upset about what he said was a near collision on the H-2 Freeway on the afternoon of March 28.

While at a stoplight, the assailant confronted two occupants inside the car and attempted to kick the driver through the open driver's window.

The assailant assaulted the driver and passenger who tried to intervene, police said.