Homeowner Testifies Against Break-In Suspect

Marlon Galapon charged with attempted break-in of Mililani home.
Marlon Galapon charged with attempted break-in of Mililani home.
Kenneth Kawano, homeowner who testified against Marlon Galapon in court on Wednesday.
Kenneth Kawano, homeowner who testified against Marlon Galapon in court on Wednesday.

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- He's accused of breaking into several homes in Mililani. But police say Marlon Galapon's burglary spree came to an end, when a homeowner caught him red-handed. The homeowner testified against the suspect at a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Marlon Galapon is charged with one count of attempted burglary. But police say that's just the tip of the iceberg. Investigators believe the landscaper is responsible for numerous break-ins in the Mililani area.

Officers arrested him Thursday after, prosecutors say, he tried to break into Kenneth Kawano's home. Kawano testified he was on the second floor of his two-story home, when he heard his door bell ring. He says he looked out the window, but he didn't recognize the man outside. So he ignored the bell. He later went downstairs to look around.

"Then I went into the garage area," Kawano said.

"What did you hear when you were in your garage area?" the prosecutor asked.

"I heard, you know, someone shuffling with the door knob," Kawano said.

"What did you do next?"

"I went over to the door and I opened it."

"Who did you see when you opened the door?"

"I didn't see anyone at the door," Kawano said. "But when I popped my head out, I saw an individual running away from the door."

Police say Kawano picked Galapon out of a line-up. Prosecutors say the suspect is already awaiting sentencing on four other, first-degree burglary cases.

The judge determined there's enough evidence to send the new case to trial. Galapon is scheduled to be arraigned at Circuit Court February 21st.