Updated at 3:46 p.m., Monday, January 31, 2005
Homeless man charged in carjacking
Advertiser StaffPolice yesterday arrested and charged Ricky K. Kenui, 35, with first-degree robbery and vehicle theft in connection with the Jan. 18 hijacking of a tour van at Kahe Point Beach Park.
|Police said they believe this man drove the getaway car.|
Police believe that Kenui, who is homeless, is the man who stole the parked van with a man and three girls inside. The four in the van were on their way to Wai'anae to go on a whale-watching tour.
Police are still searching for a second man, who they believe drove a getaway car. He is believed to be in his 30s, 5 feet 10, with a muscular build.
A van belonging to Dolphin Excursions was stolen after it stopped at the park to scan the sea for whales or dolphins.
A man from Fort Collins, Colo., was in the van along with three girls two of them 10 and the other 9 from Santa Cruz, Calif. The girls were here to participate in a gymnastics meet.
Police said the man who took the van threatened the passengers with a knife before letting them go a few minutes after the van was taken.
The van was discovered abandoned in Honokai Hale, about two miles from where it was stolen, minus almost all of the bags and other personal items the passengers brought with them on the van.
Body found inside burning car
Police homicide investigators were sent to an area near Makua cave on the Wai'anae Coast this morning after a burning car was discovered with a body inside.
Police received the call about 6:15 a.m., but no additional details were immediately available.