Wanted fugitive captured after firing shots at officers in Kahala

Wanted fugitive captured after firing shots at officers in Kahala
Nicholas Nakano
Nicholas Nakano

KAHALA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who was being tracked by authorities was taken into custody after a police chase that ended with the suspect firing shots at officers.

According to the Honolulu Police Department, the 34-year-old man was wanted on a $100,000 "retake" warrant for violating parole.

Sources identified the man as Nicholas Nakano. According to police, he has 22 prior convictions, including 13 felony arrests for auto theft, kidnapping, identity theft and burglary.

Authorities said the man was spotted by undercover police officers at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

"The officers observed the suspect in a vehicle," said police Maj. Richard Robinson. "Shortly after that the suspect recognized that he was being followed by police officers."

The suspect's vehicle, a white Honda Accord, then collided with a silver BMW at the corner of Moho Street and Makaiwa Street in Kahala, about a block away from the Waialae Golf Course. The Honda flipped over and ended up on its roof.

Robinson said the man was able to get out of the Honda and tried to flee on foot, pursued by officers.

"There was a struggle," said Robinson. "During that struggle the suspect brandished a firearm and fired at the officers trying to arrest him."

"I heard like what sounded like a single gunshot," said Lance Kidani, who was driving by the area. "I stopped my car, and I was only like 40 feet away. And I kinda hit under my car because I didn't want to get shot."

No one was hit by the gunshots. The suspect was arrested, and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center with injuries he sustained in the crash.

Sources said Nakano was being observed by HPD, the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, state sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshals. Sources also said that HPD is looking at Nakano as a possible suspect in a string of recent robberies.

He was released on parole last October, according to Robinson.

Robinson said Nakano now faces three counts of attempted murder in the first degree, failure to render aid and numerous firearms charges.

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