Death row exoneree charged in connection with robbery

Former death row inmate Isaiah McCoy arrested in connection with robbery

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former death row inmate who has become notorious to Honolulu’s law enforcement community has been charged in connection to a robbery in Waikiki this week.

Police arrested 30-year-old Isaiah McCoy and another man, 33-year-old Joshua Pulliam, for allegedly assaulting a man in Waikiki and stealing some jewelry on Tuesday.

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Kuhio Avenue.

Authorities said the two men were arrested about 30 minutes later near the Ramada Plaza. They were both charged with second-degree robbery.

McCoy was released late Wednesday after posting a $20,000 bail. He is set to appear in court on Monday.

Pulliam remained in custody with a bail set at $11,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

McCoy has become a well-known figure in the law enforcement community in recent years.

File photo of Isaiah McCoy in a previous Hawaii News Now interview (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
File photo of Isaiah McCoy in a previous Hawaii News Now interview (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

About a month ago, he was also tied to an armed robbery in Manoa.

Police said a passenger in a car driven by McCoy robbed four tourists at gunpoint.

McCoy was not arrested in that case.

McCoy has also faced federal charges in Hawaii for trafficking, promoting prostitution and intimidating a witness. But all of those were eventually dismissed.

He was also exonerated for murder in Delaware in 2016.

This story will be updated.

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