Police locate stolen vehicle in Kunia carjacking, but no sign of on-the-run fugitive

Manhunt underway for fugitive who carjacked man in Kunia
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(Image: Surveillance video)
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KUNIA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police continue their search for a fugitive after he allegedly carjacked a 55-year-old man with a knife in the Kunia Shopping Center.

Police say Kaylen Stafford, 24, ditched his badly-damaged Integra in the parking lot of Jack In The Box Friday morning and took off in the victim's Toyota Corolla.

"He said get out of the car," described Miles Shiroma. "I didn't move as fast, and he got mad, so he pulled out a knife and said 'Hey I got a knife, I'm going to stab you."

On Saturday around 6 a.m. HPD located the stolen Corolla at a Pearl City parking lot, totaled and its engine was still running.

There was no sign of Stafford.

Stafford is wanted for a violent home invasion robbery on Sept. 1 in Waianae that was caught on surveillance video.

He was indicted for first-degree robbery and has warrants for violating probation.

His accomplice in the robbery, Jonah Iona, turned himself in 24 hours after the surveillance footage garnered a lot of attention on social media. 

Honolulu police have been trying to find Stafford for weeks.

Officers saw the Acura Integra and started following it about 8:30 a.m. Friday, but traffic on Moanalua Road made it difficult for them to stay close.

Sources say he committed the carjacking at about 9 a.m. to make his getaway and remains on the run.

Stafford's Acura Integra was dusted for fingerprints and taken by HPD. Officers hope it will provide clues to his hideouts.

If you have any information that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 955-8300.

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