Armed Men Create Chaos In Kahala - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Armed Men Create Chaos In Kahala

Police arrest teen at Kahala Mall Police arrest teen at Kahala Mall
Frank Fujii Frank Fujii
Police dog searches school for suspects Police dog searches school for suspects

By Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - Some terrifying moments in two Kahala Schools Thursday.

Police launched an all-out manhunt in the Kahala area following an island-wide crime spree by three teens.

The fear of a gun is what prompted police to take no chances.

Police say that teenaged suspect in custody has a long record and he's naming names.

Here's how it all began.

Thursday morning six Mililani students were robbed as they walked to school.

The suspects even punched one victim.

They made off with cell phones and lunch money.

Captain Frank Fujii says, "Physical force was used during the course of the robbery and one stated they saw butt of handgun being shown."

After the six robberies, the suspects took off in their stolen brown Mustang and broke into a car on the Windward side.

Capt. Fujii explains, "Around one thirty we had a reported theft from an auto at one lookout."

A witness got a description and an officer spotted the mustang parked at Kahala Mall.

Just moments before police moved in, the three teenage suspects were caught on tape in this Kahala Mall surveillance video.

Officers credit good police work for breaking this case.

First they spotted the stolen car in the parking lot then they decided to check inside the mall to see if the teens were still hanging out.

They found them inside Macy's.

The teen from Kapolei is handcuffed outside the mall. But his friends took off.

Capt. Fujii adds, "We need to treat it as such someone is out there that might be armed and very dangerous."

Officers with rifles guard Kahala Streets.

A police dog searched the school as kids hid behind closed doors.

Kukii Falahee describes her classroom.

"We were hiding under the tables and then Mrs. Ruzzon said 'hide against a wall in case the bad guys look in, they can't see us,'" she told us. 

The manhunt lasted for three hours.

Police officers clutched the keiki tightly as they escorted them away from the school.

An unidentified dad scooped up his daughter, Ashlee.

"I trusted HPD to make sure everyone was safe get the bad guy, get the man," he said.

The teenage suspect taken into custody is from Kapolei.

He gave police the names of his two accomplices.

The teens face a number of charges including robbery, auto theft and breaking into cars.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Forecast: Mostly clear skies, some vog ahead of strong cold front

    Forecast: Mostly clear skies, some vog ahead of strong cold front

    Monday, December 18 2017 12:04 AM EST2017-12-18 05:04:59 GMT
    Image: Hawaii News NowImage: Hawaii News Now

    Light winds and mostly clear skies are in the forecast for Monday, but an approaching cold front will combine with abundant moisture from the south to bring heavy showers and a chance of thunderstorms to most of the state by Monday night and Tuesday.

    More >>

    Light winds and mostly clear skies are in the forecast for Monday, but an approaching cold front will combine with abundant moisture from the south to bring heavy showers and a chance of thunderstorms to most of the state by Monday night and Tuesday.

    More >>
  • Flash Flood Watch to take effect Monday night

    Flash Flood Watch to take effect Monday night

    Sunday, December 17 2017 10:58 PM EST2017-12-18 03:58:55 GMT
    Image: Kevin Olson/FileImage: Kevin Olson/File

    Abundant moisture ahead of a slow-moving cold front could result in heavy showers and thunderstorms starting Monday night for Oahu, Maui County and the Big Island. 

    More >>

    Abundant moisture ahead of a slow-moving cold front could result in heavy showers and thunderstorms starting Monday night for Oahu, Maui County and the Big Island. 

    More >>
  • 'Sand mattress' central to new effort to save Waikiki beach

    'Sand mattress' central to new effort to save Waikiki beach

    Sunday, December 17 2017 10:19 PM EST2017-12-18 03:19:10 GMT
    (Image: City & County of Honolulu)(Image: City & County of Honolulu)

    On Sunday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined other environmental experts to announce a new effort aimed at addressing chronic erosion at Hawaii's most famous beach.

    More >>

    On Sunday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined other environmental experts to announce a new effort aimed at addressing chronic erosion at Hawaii's most famous beach.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly