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Venezuela man charged attempting to steal a plane in Hilo

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Venezuela man charged attempting to steal a plane in Hilo

Update: 24-year-old Gabriel Arjona Molina from Venezuela faced a judge on Tuesday for the attempted theft in Hilo back in August.

The Judge ruled Molina is unfit to proceed and will be committed to the Hawaii State Hospital. 

Court documents report Molina was in a "flow state of mind", and wanted to be a pilot, how he was fearless and wanted to tell people he had a cure for cancer. 

Molina will remain at HCCC. 

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24-year-old Gabriel Arjona Molina from Venezuela was charged with attempted theft on the Big Island for trying to steal an air ambulance plane at Hilo International Airport on Friday.

A witness alerted a South Hilo patrol officer who saw a vehicle crash through the fence at the airport. The driver then parked next to a fixed-winged single-engine aircraft, exited the vehicle, and attempted to manually spin the aircraft’s propeller. 

 

The suspect then approached a Beechcraft King Air C90A aircraft parked on the ramp. He entered the cockpit where he was able to start both engines before he was arrested. The aircraft is worth about $1,500,000. A special agent from Homeland Security Investigations responded to this incident and it's now investigating as the lead federal agency.

His bail is set at $37,000. He's expected to return to court Wednesday. 

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