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Wanted Wednesday UPDATE: Lono Autele arrested

Lono Autele Lono Autele
Sgt. Kim Buffett Sgt. Kim Buffett

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – UPDATE: A tip from the public led to the arrest of Lono Autele. Police picked him up on Ala Akau Street in Waianae Wednesday morning.


He was convicted of crimes ranging from burglary to auto theft.  Now he's on the run from the law once again.

On July 9, 2005, a 19-year-old man was about to leave for work when he discovered his car keys and vehicle were missing from his home on Waipahu Street. He told police his cousin, Lono Autele, may have taken them.

"The father of the complainant located the vehicle on Ala Akau street at Autele's mother's house and confronted him. He confessed to taking his cousin's vehicle and also confessed to another vehicle that was parked on the property, as being stolen" said Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers.

The second vehicle was stolen from a teacher at McKinley High School. Officers arrested Autele for both auto thefts.

Then on April 4, 2008, a 28-year-old woman was sleeping in her home on Ala Akau Street. That's when she felt someone touching her inappropriately.

"She saw someone running out of her room. She woke up her husband. He chased the suspect downstairs and recognized him as Lono Autele.

Police arrested the 23-year-old for first-degree burglary. Now he's wanted for two $20,000 probation revocation warrants.

"He has six prior convictions for burglaries, auto theft, sex assault, harassment."

Autele is described as 5'10", weighing 293 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He also has some distinguishing features.

"It says kini on the left forearm, a tribal tattoo on his back, and he does have scars on his face" said Buffett.

He's known to frequent the Waianae area. Helping police catch him could put up to $1,000 in your wallet. If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 with your tips.

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