Man charged after Big Island crime spree

Phillip Jon Richardson
Phillip Jon Richardson

Big Island police have charged 27-year-old Phillip Jon Richardson with several offenses in connection with a crime spree Saturday in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area.

According to police, it started when a pickup truck pulled up to a home on 1st Avenue and stole a 63-year-old man's computer after forcing his way into the man's home.

After fleeing the scene, police say Richardson slammed the truck he was driving into a 36-year-old woman's house on 17th Avenue. He proceeded to open the window of the home where the woman claims he stole a safe and some other items from a car parked on her property.

Sometime after these events, police say the suspect abandoned the truck he was driving when he noticed officers in the area, and fled on foot into some bushes.

Police were eventually able to arrest Richardson at a home on 18th Avenue where a woman claims the suspect grabbed her and was forcibly trying to pull her out of the car in an attempt to steal it.

The woman said she was dropping off a relative when the suspect opened her car door and identified himself as a police officer, then demanded the car keys.

No one was seriously injured during these crimes.

On Monday detectives charged Richardson with two counts of second-degree attempted robbery, one count of phone ripping, one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer, two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, one count of fourth-degree criminal property damage and one count of resisting an order to stop.

Richardson's bail was set at $83,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

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