Big Island police have arrested 10 individuals in connection with a drug-related burglary ring.
Police arrested 31-year-old Joshua Watan of Kealakekua on September 12 who was later charged with criminal trespassing, meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug, and two counts of possessing illegal drug paraphernalia. While Watan was still in police custody he was rearrested and charged with burglary, promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, and four counts of theft. His bail taking into account all of his offenses was set at $428,000. In addition, he was arrested for discharge of sureties (for having a previous bail revoked) and for revocation of release on bail, which is an offense that doesn't allow him to be released on bail.
Police also arrested 51-year-old Nicole Adams of Captain Cook on September 12 on suspicion of hindering prosecution for hiding Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, who was wanted for escape, and was later charged for that offense. Her bail was set at $2,000.
Police arrested 36-year-old Curtis Hoku Kehahuna of Kamuela the next day on September 13, when he was found at home in the Kalaoa area with methamphetamines on scene. They arrested Kekahuna, 28-year-old Halatoa Fakatoumafi of Kailua-Kona, and 22-year-old Gensyn Waltjen of Hilo on suspicion of drug offenses. While on the property, police located a vehicle that had been stolen from Hilo. A search warrant led to the recovery of two additional vehicles that had been stolen from Hilo and Kona.
Also on September 13, 39-year-old Jessica Tuifua of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution for hiding Kehahuna from police, and was later charged with that offense.Hher bail was set at $2,000.
Waltjen was released on September 15 pending further investigation.
Kehahuna was later charged with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, and three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was also arrested and charged on four outstanding warrants as well as for discharge of sureties and held without bail for the charge of violating terms of release on bail. His bail based on all these charges was set at $83,000.
In addition, Kehahuna also was involved with an incident in Kailua-Kona that occurred on August 21 which earned him the charges of kidnapping, assault, terroristic threatening, and burglary, adding another $87,000 to his bail.
Police charged Fakatoumafi with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and hindering prosecution for hiding Kekahuna from police, which set his bail at $6,250.
Sean Gregory of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in connection with a vehicle that was taken from Waikoloa in July and an all-terrain vehicle that was taken from the Kalaoa area on September 15. Police are continuing the investigation while he remains in police custody at the Kona cellblock.
While in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, Joseph Narzisi was arrested and charged for a kidnapping case that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona in which a suspect forced his way into a 26-year-old man's home, assaulted him, and threatened him with a firearm before forcing him into a vehicle where the threats and assault continued until the victim was able to escape. Police recovered a firearm in connection with that case, and which set Narzisi'sbail for that offense was at $87,000.
20-year-old Colvin Gaspar of Kailua-Kona was later arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution for hiding Kekahuna, and was charged with that offense, setting his bail at $2,000.
And finally, police arrested 24-year-old Daniel Estocado on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for a February 24 incident in Kona and on suspicion of burglary for an August 27 incident in Kealakekua. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation.
Lieutenant Sherry Bird said tips from the public played an important role in dismantling this burglary ring. "We are grateful to our community for helping to act as our eyes and ears," Bird said. "Their help was critical in helping us solve this rash of crimes."
Police are still searching for 24-year-old Joel Landsborough of Kailua-Kona, who is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian Islands on the right side of his chest. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.