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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:46 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2006

Gun found in stolen truck

Advertiser Staff

Police involved in a crackdown on illegal camping at Tracks Beach Park in Nanakuli arrested two men early yesterday morning for suspicion of car theft and carrying a loaded gun in public.

The officers were issuing citations to people camping illegally at the park about 2:40 a.m. when they spotted a Dodge pickup truck that had been reported stolen. As officers rushed toward the truck on foot, the driver and his passenger jumped out. The officers reported seeing a handgun next to the passenger seat. The gun was in plain view because the passenger left the truck door open, police said.

The two men were chased down and the driver, 28, was arrested for suspicion of operating a stolen vehicle. The passenger, 38, of Nanakuli Valley, was arrested for suspicion of improperly keeping a loaded firearm.

Police looking for man tied to burglary

One of two men suspected of breaking into the Makaha home of a 42-year-old man and beating him repeatedly early Sunday morning was arrested minutes after the incident, said police, who were continuing to look for the second man.

The victim told police he had locked and secured his home in the 84-100 block of Hana Street and was inside with other family members when the two men broke in and assaulted him before leaving.

Responding police officers found one of the men, near the corner of Farrington and Lahilahi Street, and arrested him for suspicion of first-degree burglary.

Man arrested in connection with two stolen cars

An 18-year-old man was arrested yesterday as a suspect in two stolen car cases on the Wai'anae Coast.

In the first case, Wai'anae police officers on Saturday were responding to an all-points bulletin issued after a suspect involved in a car break-in was seen driving away in a stolen car. Police spotted the car on Farrington Highway, but lost sight of it. They found the car unoccupied a short time later and recovered it.

At about 12:15 p.m. yesterday police saw the same man driving a different car and conducted a traffic stop. Checks on the vehicle documents showed it to be an outstanding stolen vehicle and the driver was arrested at that point for two counts of suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Downtown fight leads to assault arrest

A 19-year-old man was arrested about 5:15 p.m. yesterday after a 24-year-old man he had been fighting with in downtown Honolulu was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

Police went to the scene of the altercation, near 1143 Bishop St., and witnesses to the fight pointed out the suspect, who was then arrested for suspicion of second-degree assault.