HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A barricade situation in Hau'ula ended at just after 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, nearly six hours after law enforcement authorities responded to a situation involving a man wanted by police.
The sight of SWAT vehicles racing down Kahekili and Kamehameha Highways and then onto Hau'ula Homestead Road was quite the sight for Windward and North Shore residents. Police say a 29-year-old man locked himself in his home when officers tried to execute a warrant for felony theft and criminal property damage.
"The male refused to cooperate with the officers. Swearing and yelling at officers, so the officers set up a perimeter," said Lt. Thomas Santos of the Honolulu Police Department.
SWAT officers, firefighters and paramedics were called to assist, and law enforcement officials set up a command center next to the Hau'ula Congregational Church as negotiators tried to convince the suspect to surrender.
Friends and neighbors identified him as Micah Decosta, a 2006 Kahuku High graduate.
Ben Fonoimoama, who identified himself as a friend of Decosta, says the man had been struggling with emotional issues after he lost his girlfriend about five years ago – and struck his mother.
"He lost his girlfriend. He lost his family. He whacked the mother. He said that people were running on top of his roof, so he probably lost it," said Fonoimoana.
Neighbors who were too afraid to go on camera told Hawaii News Now that Decosta would walk up and down Hauula Homestead Road every day, but they tried to avoid him because of past disputes with other neighbors.
Friends and neighbors say Decosta sometimes worked in security and lived alone, but now have more questions about what lead to this latest incident for this troubled man.