Police catch stolen car fugitive in Punaluu

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

PUNALUU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who eluded police twice after a chase involving a stolen vehicle in Makiki and an attempted apartment break-in is in custody, two weeks after his alleged crime spree began.

Officers say 34-year-old Kenneth Wong was arrested Friday morning in Punaluu. He now faces charges of first-degree attempted murder after police say he attempted to flee in a vehicle, nearly striking two officers.

Wong was first wanted on March 3, when police said he stole a Dodge minivan from the parking lot of Windward Mall in Kaneohe. Police attempted to stop the minivan when it was spotted in Makiki. The driver of the minivan refused to stop, and went through a red light at the intersection of Ward Avenue and Lunalilo Street, striking two other vehicles. Police said the suspect fled on foot.

Police identified Wong as the suspect in another incident three days later, when officers responded to a report of a man attempting to break into an apartment on Davenport Street near Pensacola Avenue. Wong tried to escape by jumping from rooftop to rooftop, and was injured after jumping from a three-story walkup. He was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, and fled a day later.

Wong was spotted again at about 9:15 a.m. Friday in the Punaluu area, police said. According to investigators, Wong was spotted in a car with his girlfriend, who lives in an encampment behind Kamehameha Highway on a private lane. When and officer told him to get out of the car, Wong allegedly attempted to flee the area, nearly hitting the officer.

Investigators said Wong then tried to leave through a second driveway from the property, but found it blocked. He then reversed the vehicle, nearly striking a second officer. Witnesses who did not want to appear on camera said Wong was apprehended after a brief scuffle in a pile of trash and debris in the middle of the property.

Police arrested Wong for two counts of first-degree attempted murder, contempt, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $50,000.

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