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Posted at 11:02 a.m., Thursday, June 29, 2006

Police Beat: $80,000 extortion threat leads to arrest

Advertiser Staff

Police arrested a 37-year-old Pearl City man yesterday after he allegedly tried to shake down a Honolulu doctor.

The doctor told police the man came to his office on Monday and threatened to ruin his reputation by claiming publicly that the doctor had issued a false medical report about him, police said.

The man demanded $80,000 from the doctor to not carry out his threat, they said.

The man returned to the doctor's office yesterday expecting to collect the money, but was arrested instead on suspicion of first-degree extortion.

Suspect caught trying to remove car stereo

Police opened an investigation against a 26-year-old man after a witness reported seeing him "punch" the door lock of a car about 6 p.m. yesterday in a Pearl City parking lot.

The witness told police the man entered the car, which belongs to a 34-year-old woman, and attempted to remove the stereo.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, a felony.

Suspect arrested driving stolen Mini Cooper

A 29-year-old man was arrested in Kailua early yesterday morning after he was caught driving a Mini Cooper that had been reported stolen.

Police said an officer was monitoring traffic near the intersection of Kamehameha and Pali highways about 12:25 a.m. when he saw a Mini Cooper speed past on Kamehameha Highway.

The officer called in the license plate number and learned a 24-year-old woman had reported the car stolen.

The officer followed the car and saw it stop on Ulunahele Street in the Pohakupu area of Kailua. The occupants of the car took off running but the officer was able to catch up and detain the driver at the corner of Uluoa and Ulumu streets, police said.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.