Wahiawa hit-and-run victim identified; suspect arrested in Calif.

Wahiawa hit-and-run victim identified; suspect arrested in Calif.
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of a deadly hit-and-run in Wahiawa on Monday has been arrested in California.

According to Honolulu Police the suspect is in military custody in California.

The suspect’s name was not released, but the U.S. ARMY confirms the suspect in question is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division.

Homicide detectives are actively investigating the investigating the case.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner identified the victim as 73-year-old Todd White of Haleiwa.

Police said the incident began when White went to the Bank of Hawaii parking lot in Wahiawa to sell a gold chain.

They say White’s wife sat in their vehicle while he walked up to the buyer described as an Asian man.

The suspect apparently ran away with the necklace.

Police say the victim jumped on the hood of the car.

John Del Rio, a friend of White said it was common for him to do business through the internet and added that the Haleiwa man usually saw the good in people.

“He’s very honest, he shoots from the hip, he says what he means, and he means what he says, which are two very difficult things to find in this world,” said Del Rio.

Investigators say White’s wife followed the vehicle trying to stop them.

They say she hit the car from behind and on the side, but it’s not clear whether White’s injuries were from the collision or being thrown from the car.

Police found the suspect’s car abandoned in the Pearl City area.

HPD is not releasing any more details about the suspect at this time.

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