Armed Man Walks Into Police Station Triggering Standoff

Lowens Ku
Lowens Ku
Captain Frank Fujii
Captain Frank Fujii
Kapolei Police Station
Kapolei Police Station

Dec 11, 2006 08:24 PM

by: Minna Sugimoto

(KHNL) - Kapolei police responding to a report of an armed man did not have to go very far. After all, the man walked right into the Kapolei police station.

It's not every day officers are involved in a standoff in their own house.

"Had maybe like six cop cars and just came up on the curb," Lowens Ku, witness, said. "They started running in with their vests."

The Kapolei police station is sealed off, after an armed man walks in. Al Shaul is working on a project right across the street.

"A guy came over and I asked him what was going on there," Shaul said. "He said that there was some guy in there and holding hostage or whatever and wanted to kill himself."

People in the immediate area are evacuated, as the situation intensifies.

"He had cut himself on his wrists in front of the officers," Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said. "So we knew that he was armed with a knife, and he threatened that he was armed with a handgun."

Eventually, the injured man is taken into custody. Sources identify him as 40-year-old Francis Ikeda. Officers with the Specialized Services Division pulled him out of a space between a wall and a vending machine.

The Kapolei station was closed to the public during the two-and-a-half hour incident. Police say they do not plan to file any charges against the man.

Ikeda has prior convictions for assault, robbery and sex assault.

"It's not important whether or not he has a criminal record," Fujii said. "In an incident like this, our hope is that we could resolve it peacefully without anybody getting seriously hurt."

Officers say they recovered a folding knife, but no gun.