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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted at 11:27 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2003

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Hazmat crew puts out fire

The Honolulu Fire Department's hazardous material unit was dispatched today to a structure fire in the physical plant building on the Brigham Young University-Hawaii campus behind the Polynesian Cultural Center. Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada said the building is used to store chemicals.

The fire was reported at 10:38 a.m., and Tejada said smoke and flames were visible. Firefighters had the fire under control at 11 a.m.

Man suspected in car, gun theft

Police yesterday charged a 19-year-old man arrested Friday in Wahiawa with being a felon in possession of a firearm, which was stolen. Joseph Dela Cruz is also accused of auto theft and his total bail is $50,000.

Dela Cruz was arrested following a 2:15 p.m. traffic stop on Kilani Avenue and Mala Street when it was determined the car he was driving was stolen. A 22-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of illegal drugs and was later released pending further investigation.

Gunmen kidnap, rob Makiki pair

A man, 22, and woman, 23, told police they were confronted by two masked gunmen Saturday night at their Makiki apartment complex, handcuffed and blindfolded, and driven to Round Top Drive where they were robbed.

The suspects then drove the couple back to their residence and took their car. The couple was released in Manoa.

Police have made no arrests. The case is being investigated as a kidnapping, robbery and burglary.