Residents express relief after a CA gang member is finally arrested in Kaneohe

Residents express relief after a CA gang member is finally arrested in Kaneohe
Francisco Casillas, a fugitive wanted in California, is being sought in the islands. (Image: HPD)
Francisco Casillas, a fugitive wanted in California, is being sought in the islands. (Image: HPD)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After months of searching, police have arrested a known gang member wanted in California on a $3 million extradition warrant.

Francisco Casillas, 31, is also believed to be connected to a shooting in Kailua in June.

Undercover officers with the Honolulu Police Department, SWAT and U.S. Marshals captured Casillas on Friday night after a brief standoff in a Kaneohe neighborhood.

Surrounding homes were also temporarily evacuated while officials made contact with Casillas.

He was wanted for attempted murder in California for allegedly shooting a 56-year-old store owner in Pomona.

In the Kailua shooting in June, a 39-year-old man was shot multiple times outside his home after an apparent argument. He suffered injuries to his head and leg.

Homicide detectives with the Pomona Police Department in California have been looking for Casillas since 2015. They said he is a known gang member.

Relatives of both victims told us they're relieved that Casillas was finally caught.

Area residents said they're shocked that a dangerous fugitive was hiding out right in their neighborhood.

"I feel relieved. I'm glad that the community and the police department are looking out, keeping an eye out you know," said Kaneohe resident Dale Hruza.

It's unclear if prosecutors will charge him in Hawaii for the Kailua shooting before sending him back to California.

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