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Big Island Police Bust 10 People in Connection to Drug-Related Burglary Ring

Big Island police have arrested 10 individuals in connection with a drug-related burglary ring.

Joshua Watan

On September 12, police arrested 31-year-old Joshua Watan of Kealakekua. On September 14, detectives charged him with criminal trespassing, meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing illegal drug paraphernalia. While Watan was still in police custody he was rearrested and charged on September 15 with burglary, promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and four counts of theft. His bail for all the above offenses was set at $428,000. In addition, he was arrested for discharge of sureties (for having a previous bail revoked) and for revocation of release on bail, which is an offense that doesn’t allow him to be released on bail.

Nicole Adams

Also on September 12, police arrested 51-year-old Nicole Adams of Captain Cook on suspicion of hindering prosecution for hiding Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, who was wanted for escape. On September 13, she was charged with that offense. Her bail was set at $2,000.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Curtis Hoku Kekahuna Jr.

On September 13, police received a tip that 36-year-old Curtis Hoku Kehahuna of Kamuela, whom police were seeking, was at a home in the Kalaoa area. When police went to the property they found Kehahuna and methamphetamines at the scene. They arrested Kekahuna, 28-year-old Halatoa Fakatoumafi of Kailua-Kona and 22-year-old Gensyn Waltjen of Hilo on suspicion of drug offenses.

Halatoa Fakatoumafi

While on the property, police located a vehicle that had been stolen from Hilo. A search warrant led to the recovery of two additional vehicles that had been stolen from Hilo and Kona.

Jessica Tuifua

Also on September 13, 39-year-old Jessica Tuifua of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution (for hiding Kehahuna from police). She was charged with that offense on September 15 and her bail was set at $2,000.

Waltjen was released on September 15 pending further investigation.

Kehahuna was charged on that date with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was also arrested and charged on four outstanding warrants as well as for discharge of sureties and held without bail for the charge of violating terms of release on bail. His bail for the above charges was $83,000.

In addition, Kehahuna was charged with kidnapping, assault, terroristic threatening and burglary for an incident that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona. Those offenses added another $87,000 to his bail total.

Additionally on September 15, police charged Fakatoumafi with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and hindering prosecution (for hiding Kekahuna from police). His bail was set at $6,250.

On September 17, Sean Gregory of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in connection with a vehicle that was taken from Waikoloa in July and an all-terrain vehicle that was taken from the Kalaoa area on September 15. He remains in police custody at the Kona cellblock while police continue the investigation.

Joseph Augustino Narzisi

On Tuesday (September 18), Joseph Narzisi, who was already in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, was arrested and charged for a kidnapping case that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona in which a suspect forced his way into a 26-year-old man’s home, assaulted him and threatened him with a firearm, before forcing him into a vehicle, where the threats and assault continued until the victim was able to escape. The victim declined treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries. Police recovered a firearm in connection with that case. Narzisi’s bail for that offense was set at $87,000.

Colvin Gaspar

Also on Tuesday, 20-year-old Colvin Gaspar of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution (for hiding Kekahuna). He was charged Wednesday morning (September 19) with that offense and his bail was set at $2,000.

And finally, on Tuesday, police arrested 24-year-old Daniel Estocado on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for a February 24 incident in Kona and on suspicion of burglary for an August 27 incident in Kealakekua. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation.

Lieutenant Sherry Bird said tips from the public played an important role in dismantling this burglary ring. “We are grateful to our community for helping to act as our eyes and ears,” Bird said. “Their help was critical in helping us solve this rash of crimes.”

Joel Landsborough

Police are still searching for 24-year-old Joel Landsborough of Kailua-Kona, who is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.

Some Thugs Caught… Some Remain on the Loose

The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Kona and the many neighborhood watch associations for their assistance in locating several wanted individuals. Thanks to the outpouring of tips provided by the community, police have located Nicole Adams, Michael Galon, Sean Gregory, Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., and Joshua Watan.

From left to right (top row): Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., Joel Landsborough, Sean Gregory, (bottom row): Michael Galon, Daniel “Danny” Estocado

Big Island police continue their efforts to locate the following two individuals who have outstanding warrants or who are wanted for questioning.

Joel Landsborough, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest.

Danny Estocado, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning for an unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle investigation. He is described as 5-foot-7 and about 178 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tribal type tattoo on the left side of his chest.

Police ask that the public not approach any of these wanted persons, as they may be armed and dangerous. Instead call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to inform the public that the department does not post information concerning wanted individuals on social media websites and information concerning persons who are being sought by police is distributed via the department’s website located at www.hawaiipolice.com.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.

Big Island Police Asking for the Public’s Help Locating Five Individuals

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating five individuals who have outstanding warrants or who are wanted for questioning.

From left to right (top row): Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., Joel Landsborough, Sean Gregory, (bottom row): Michael Galon, Daniel “Danny” Estocado

Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., 35, who has no permanent address, is wanted for four warrants totaling $32,500. He is also wanted for several all-points bulletins. He is described as 5-foot-11 and about 270 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has the letters “CVK” tattooed in red and green letters on his right inner forearm and the name “Keahi” tattooed on his left inner forearm. He also has a scar that runs from his left cheekbone to his left eye. He may be in the company of 37-year-old Nani-Jo Keanini of Honoka’a, 34-year-old Elona Keanini of Kailua-Kona, or both.

Joel Landsborough, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest.

Sean Gregory, 21, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning in a theft investigation. He is described as 5-foot-11 and about 165 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has the word “Kalaoa” tattooed on his left tricep.

Michael Galon, 39, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning in kidnapping and burglary investigations. He is described as 5-foot-11 and about 210 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Daniel “Danny” Estocado, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning for an unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle investigation. He is described as 5-foot-7 and about 178 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tribal type tattoo on the left side of his chest.

Police ask that the public not approach any of these wanted persons, as they may be armed and dangerous. Instead call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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