WAIPIO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police arrested a 37-year-old man on several counts after a chase through a normally-quiet neighborhood in Waipio.
According to investigators, someone called CrimeStoppers with a report of a suspicious person at a Waipio self-storage facility on Ka Uka Boulevard at around 12:27 p.m. Thursday. Arriving officers found the man in a car. When police found that the car had been stolen, the suspect tried to flee but hit an embankment. He took off on foot into the Mele Street neighborhood just off Waipio Uka Boulevard.
Police said the suspect tried to get into several homes in the area and fired a shot from a handgun. He then went into an open garage in a home on Mele Place. A 56-year-old woman and her 27-year-old son asked him to leave, but then he tried to get into the home. The two shut the door on him, but he was able to make his way in. The two people in the home were able to get out unharmed.
Witnesses said officers swarmed the neighborhood. "At first it was a normal day, like any other day, and I started hearing a commotion right across the street, glass breaking and I heard shooting and I look over and there was an HPD officer," said Kevin Borem. "There was still shouting and maybe two minutes went by and then a swam of officers came and started evacuating the premises and everything."
According to detectives, the suspect ransacked the home before making another attempt to flee. He was arrested at about 1:15 p.m. in a nearby parking lot after he apparently broke into another vehicle.
"I told my partner Paul, we are both carpenters here, 'We gotta go.' And we saw the helicopters flying around and next thing you know, I turn around and guns drawn, eight or ten officers swarm right where the van is right there and apprehended the suspect down pretty hard," said witness Johnny Manglona. "They had to, he was very resistant."
Manglona also said, "Definitely there was a gunshot fired and it was toward the police officer." Police recovered a handgun and a spent shell in a yard in the neighborhood.
Police said the suspect faces multiple charges, including burglary, two counts of kidnapping, driving a stolen vehicle, attempted auto theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm, reckless endangering and fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle collision.