Puna Man, Juvenile Arrested Following Wainaku Burglary
The Hawai’i Police Department has charged a Mountain View man with burglary and drug offenses following a Wainaku burglary on Thursday.
According to police, a 57-year-old man reported that upon returning to his Puueo Mauka Road home, he saw a Nissan Pathfinder in his driveway with three individuals standing next to it. The unknown people got into the vehicle and fled the area, striking the victim’s pickup truck while he was in it. The group them headed towards downtown Hilo.
HPD later located the Pathfinder near the intersection of Keawe Street and Furneaux Lane, and three males were seen running from the area, abandoning the SUV.
Two of three individuals were located, including Isaac A. M. Rosa of Mountain view and a 16-year-old boy.
Rosa, 22, was arrested and charged on a warrant for violating terms of supervised release and was held without bail. Authorities say that he was in possession of property belonging to the burglary victim and a clear zip packet containing a crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine.
The juvenile was arrested on an unrelated juvenile warrant of arrest.
HPD took both suspects to the Hilo police station as Area I Criminal Investigations Section officers continued to investigate.
The unnamed juvenile was later released to the jurisdiction of Family Court, while police held Rosa in the cellblock.
Rosa made an initial appearance in District Court on Friday on the warrant. He was taken to Hawai’i Community Correctional Center as investigations continued.
A search warrant on the Pathfinder, which was reported stolen, turned up items belonging to the burglary victim.
Later Friday, Rosa was charged with burglary, theft, promotion of a dangerous drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rosa’s bail was set at $55,000 and he remained at HCCC until his initial court appearance on the later charges scheduled for Monday.
HPD believes there were others involved in the burglary. Anyone with information about the identity of additional suspects should call the Area I Criminal Investigations Section at 961-2272.
Those who prefer to remain anonymous should call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.