Son of retired HPD deputy chief appears before judge in felony theft case

Cory Tatsuyama in court
Cory Tatsuyama in court

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The son of a recently retired Honolulu police deputy chief was arraigned at Circuit Court in a felony theft case Monday.

Cory Tatsuyama, 24, pleaded not guilty to second-degree theft. He's accused of stealing $800 worth of merchandise from Nordstrom Ala Moana in May.

Some officers questioned whether there was preferential treatment given since the suspect was released at the scene, allegedly after he identified himself as the son of HPD's second-highest ranking officer, Delbert Tatsuyama. The department denied any special treatment.

Trial is tentatively set for January. The defendant is free after posting $2,000 bail.

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