Honolulu police officer arrested on suspicion of shoplifting

John F Rapozo
John F Rapozo

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A veteran Honolulu police officer is scheduled to appear before an Oahu judge next month after being arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.

John F. Rapozo, 56, has 25 years of service with HPD and is assigned to the Narcotics-Vice Division. He was detained outside the Wal-Mart store in Pearl City Friday afternoon, after he allegedly tried to steal a $60 computer game and a $12 hat.

The officer was booked for investigation of fourth-degree theft and was released from custody after posting $60 bail.

Rapozo is the latest Honolulu police officer to be accused of criminal wrongdoing.

"We have nearly 2,000 officers, and five are currently being investigated for alleged criminal violations. Cases involving an additional 17 officers are with the Prosecutor's Office," Chief Louis Kealoha, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Just last month, an Oahu grand jury returned a sex assault indictment against Officer Michael Tarmoun, 37. He denies allegations that he sexually assaulted a Waikiki prostitute, and is awaiting trial.

In April, police arrested Officer Boyd Kamikawa, 53, on suspicion of negligent injury and driving under the influence after his car plowed into a 61-year-old female pedestrian. After his driver's license was suspended, he allegedly continued to drive and now faces additional charges.

In July, Hawaii News Now uncovered a criminal probe involving members of HPD's DUI enforcement team. Police stripped two sergeants and half a dozen officers of their guns and badges after allegations of false reporting and overtime abuses were raised. Prosecutors say they have already dismissed several DUI cases as a result of the investigation, which is ongoing.

"The department holds its officers to a higher standard than the general public, and every allegation or complaint is fully investigated," Kealoha said. "It's important to note that even cases that do not result in criminal charges are still subject to administrative review or disciplinary action."

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