Big Island police arrest man charged in Puna home invasion
Authorities still looking for 30-year-old Kahee
Big Island police have located one of the 30-year-old men previously charged in connection to a home invasion robbery that occurred in July 2013 in the Leilani Estates Subdivision in Puna.
On Monday at 2:20 p.m., detectives arrested and charged Mark McCurley on the strength of a grand jury indictment for second degree robbery, second degree theft, and kidnapping. His bail was set at $85,000 and he was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.
McCurley and 30-year-old Kawika Benny Kahee were scheduled to appear in court after being charged for several offenses stemming from the July 24 robbery in which the 56-year-old female victim reported that three individuals forced their way into her home, assaulted and restrained her before fleeing from the residence with property stolen from her residence. The third assailant remains at large and has not been identified.
At the time, McCurley was charged with second degree robbery, second degree theft, and kidnapping. Kahee was charged for second degree robbery, second degree theft, and third degree assault.
Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating Kahee, who is described as being 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighing about 265 pounds, shoulder length straight black hair, brown eyes, tan complexion, a large build. He often wears a light mustache and goatee. He also has several tattoos, including "Trinity" on his chest, "Serenity" on his entire right forearm, and a large ornamental tattoo wrapping around his left forearm.
As a result of a grand jury indictment, Kahee is wanted on a warrant for second degree robbery, third degree assault, second degree theft, third degree promoting a dangerous drug, and drug paraphernalia. He also has two arrest warrants for probation revocation and a bench warrant for contempt of court.
Police ask that anyone with information on Kahee's whereabouts or information on the identity of the third suspect to call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers in East Hawaii at 961-8300 or in West Hawaii at 329-8181 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to Caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
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