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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Help sought in finding woman

Police are asking for help in locating a 47-year-old woman who has been missing since Nov. 19.

Shirley Browning suffers from depression and mental illness, police said. She was last seen at her Ala Wai Boulevard apartment at about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

Browning is 5 feet 6, 165 to 180 pounds, with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Browning is asked to call police investigator James Vasconcellos at 529-3064, or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Duo burglarizes Navy housing

Female suspect

Male suspect
Honolulu police and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service were searching for a man and woman who burglarized a Navy housing unit near Salt Lake Nov. 18.

Police said a dark-blue sedan was seen parked in front of a Maloelap Drive home at about 10 a.m. Nov. 18. A neighbor said there appeared to be a man and woman in the car.

The occupant of the home returned later in the day and found the house unlocked, rooms searched and electronic items taken.

The female suspect is described as about 30, medium build, dark brown hair and a tan complexion. She was wearing a green T-shirt, police said.

The man is 25 to 26 years old, medium height and build, dark brown wavy hair and a tan complexion. Police said the pair's car appeared to be a four-door Toyota sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Special Agent Kay Een at 474-1218, Ext. 266, or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Man hunted after city cafe robbed

Police are looking for a man who robbed a downtown Honolulu cafe about 1:45 a.m today.

The night manager of Pauahi Coffee and Karaoke told police a man came into the shop at 152 Pauahi, demanded cash and threatened to shoot him unless he complied.

The manager said he did as he was told and that the robber locked him in a cabinet before leaving.

Police said a customer confronted the robber outside the cafe at which point the robber pulled out a handgun and told the customer to leave him alone.

The manager was able to free himself and call police.

Arrest made in Halawa attack

A 47-year-old Halawa man was arrested last night on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of his 19-year-old son.

Police said the man told them he was upset because his son was "blasting music" about 11 p.m. and drinking with friends. They said the father grabbed a knife, told the son's friends to leave and then began to struggle with his son during which the son was slashed on the shoulder.

Police arrived at the apartment on Kohomua Street and arrested the father. The son was taken to The Queen's Medical Center and was listed in fair condition upon arrival.

Female forgery suspect arrested

A 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of forgery about 12:15 a.m. today after trying to use what police said was a counterfeit $20 bill to buy items at the ABC Store at the corner of Ala Moana and Hobron Lane.

Police were called to the store and arrested the woman.

Victim helps nab robbery suspect

A 24-year-old Wahiawa woman was arrested after a 49-year-old man saw his car being broken into early this morning.

Police said the man looked down from his apartment about 12:45 a.m. and saw shadows by his car. They said the man went down to investigate and saw the woman about 10 feet away from his car wearing a baseball cap that had been in his car and had other items that were taken from the car.

Police arrested the woman for suspicion of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, a felony.

Man arrested in stolen-purse case

Police arrested a 49-year-old man yesterday for allegedly stealing a purse that belonged to a woman he had offered to help.

Police said the woman told them she had purchased some bricks from a hardware store near Waimano Home Road and Farrington Highway in Pearl City and was preparing to leave the parking lot when the man approached her and said the load of bricks should be repositioned to avoid damage to the car.

Police said the man helped the woman rearrange the bricks and the woman later found her purse was missing from the car. A store security guard called the woman about two hours later to say one of her identification cards was found at the store.

Police said the woman went back to the store and noticed that the car of the man who had offered to help her was still in the parking lot. The woman and her adult son then saw the man, confronted him and told him to stay put until police arrived.

Once patrol officers arrived, the woman's purse was spotted in plain view inside the man's car and he was arrested on suspicion of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle.

Police arrest 4 in alleged theft

Four men, ages 18, 20, 22, and 29, were arrested in Waikiki yesterday on suspicion of second-degree theft after police found them stripping parts from a Honda Civic.

Patrol officers were responding to a loud noise complaint about 3:15 a.m. when they came across the group of men.

They checked the Honda's license plate, learned a 27-year-old man had reported it stolen and arrested the men taking parts from the car.

Charges filed in Chinatown attack

A 32-year-old man was charged yesterday in connection with a stabbing last week in Chinatown.

Hai Khanh Tang of Honolulu was charged with one count of first-degree assault. He was being held last night in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Tang is accused of stabbing a 42-year-old man in front of a Maunakea Street liquor store Nov. 17. Police said the two men were arguing, then the older man was stabbed in the back.

The suspect fled from the scene. Tang was identified by the victim, who was critically injured. Tang was arrested Monday.