2 arrested, charged in officer-dragging confrontation
A Pahoa man, 32, and a Volcano woman, 22, were arrested and charged in connection with a residential burglary in Puna on Friday that ended with the suspects dragging two officers with a vehicle.
HILO, Hawaii - A Pahoa man, 32, and a Volcano woman, 22, were arrested and charged in connection with a residential burglary in Puna on Friday that ended with the suspects dragging two officers with a vehicle.
At around 3:35 p.m., police were called with a report of an active burglary on North Puni Mauka Loop. When officers arrived, the suspects were seen leaving the residence and getting into a silver-colored Toyota sedan.
As the officers were speaking with the man, who was driving, he reversed the car and dragged the officers a short distance, before the vehicle became lodged on an embankment on the property. Both suspects then fled the area on foot but were captured. The two officers were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators later determined that the sedan was stolen in October from Banyan Drive in Hilo.
Police arrested the driver, Jesse Campbell, and his passenger, Destiny Kaleiwahea, following a brief foot chase. They were taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation. A search warrant was later served on the sedan and several items taken from within the residence were recovered.
At 12:35 p.m., Saturday, police charged Campbell with two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer and one count each of first-degree burglary and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $55,000. Kaleiwahea was charged with one count of first-degree burglary and for her outstanding warrants. Her total bail was set at $5,450. Both suspects remain in the Hilo cellblock pending their initial appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon in South Hilo District Court.
Anyone who may have information about these incidents is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Dean Uyetake of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2379 or Dean.Uyetake@hawaiicounty.gov.