Multi-agency task force nabs 62 fugitives in felony warrant sweep on Oahu

Louis Kealoha
Louis Kealoha
David Louie (at podium)
David Louie (at podium)
Richard Robinson
Richard Robinson

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sixty-two people wanted on outstanding felony warrants were reeled in during a two-day fugitive sweep on Oahu this week. The goal was to reduce Hawaii's massive warrants backlog.

Law enforcement officers on the federal, state and county levels teamed up for Operation Lokahi Sweep. Lokahi means unity, and the various agencies that make up the Hawaii Fugitive Task Force say the round-up shows what can happen when they all work together.

Authorities say drug dealers, sex offenders and other violent criminals had been on the lam, until members of the Hawaii Fugitive Task Force hunted them down this week.

"As many of you know, a small number of criminals are responsible for a large number of crimes," Chief Louis Kealoha, Honolulu Police Department, said.

"You guys who are out there who have warrants, you can run but you can not hide," David Louie, state Attorney General, said. "We're going to get you."

The two-day sweep netted 62 people who were wanted on felony warrants dating as far back as six years.

"This operation has made the streets of Oahu, our neighborhoods safer for our keiki, our kupuna and for everyone," Florence Nakakuni, US Attorney, said.

But how large of a bite was taken out of Oahu's unserved warrants backlog?

A single person can have multiple warrants. Honolulu police say the arrests of the 62 men and women cleared 123 felony warrants.

That leaves about 2,700 felony warrants still outstanding on Oahu.

"We initially looked at approximately 900 warrants and then processed through them to identify the most viable targets," Maj. Richard Robinson, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Similar operations took down 78 fugitives on the Big Island in February, and 61 fugitives on Maui in March.

While the multi-agency task force has conducted regular warrant sweeps with neighbor island police departments, it says this was the first one with Honolulu police in more than two years.

HPD reaffirmed its commitment to the effort.

"If you have a warrant, take care of it," Kealoha said. "You don't want officers to come looking for you."

When you add up the bail amounts for all 62 arrestees, it comes out to more than $700,000.

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