Convicted murderer on Kauai found guilty of new charges

Vicente Kote Kapika Hilario
Vicente Kote Kapika Hilario

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - After less than two hours of deliberation, a jury has found Vicente Kote Kapika Hilario, age 26 of Anahola, guilty of multiple charges. Hilario was previously found guilty of Murder in the First Degree. On Thursday, he was found guilty of two counts of Place to Keep Pistol or Revolver, two counts of Carrying or Possessing a Loaded Firearm on a Public Highway, Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the Second Degree, and Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the Third Degree.

All are all connected to an incident on August 24, 2010. Police had issued a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a gray Nissan Altima involved with the gunpoint robbery of Aureo Moore at the Kapa'a Safeway parking lot.

Kauai Police Officer Damien Loo spotted the Altima at the Rainbow Gas Mart in Kapaa. After the vehicle left the Gas Mart, Officer Loo called for backup and police attempted to stop the Altima on Papaloa Road. However, as the car slowed down, a male carrying a backpack fled the vehicle. KPD Officer Mackenzie Metcalfe later found that man, Kyle Akau, hiding behind a bush in the vicinity of Bambulei and subsequently arrested him.

Police then recovered an abandoned backpack nearby that contained a loaded, unregistered .22 caliber pistol, a loaded 45 caliber revolver (which had been reported stolen in 1998), as well as 125 Oxycodone tablets and a baggie containing cocaine residue. Also found in the backpack were hotel bills, time clock receipts, camping permits, and a pay stub from Bouchons Hanalei Restaurant that belonged to Hilario. Hilario was driving the Altima at the time of the incident, which was registered to his relative. Hilario was also arrested, and police recovered $1,472 in cash from him that day.

In March of this year, another jury found Hilario guilty of Murder in the First Degree, among other charges, for the execution-style killing of Aureo Moore on December 17, 2010. At the time of his death, Moore had been subpoenaed to testify against Kyle Akau on December 27, 2010, in the Safeway parking lot robbery trial.

Kyle Akau is presently serving a 10-year prison sentence for the robbery. Sentencing for Hilario's First-degree Murder conviction is scheduled for June 13, 2013.