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UPDATE: One of Two Suspects Arrested in Hilo Carjacking Case

September 14, 2017, 3:58 PM HST
* Updated September 15, 2:14 PM
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Leroy Daniel Kekaula Castro III. HPD photo.

Kandace Kehaulani Iaukea

UPDATE: Sept. 15, 2017

Hawai’i Island police have located a 25-year-old Puna resident Kandace Kehaulani Iaukea, who was wanted on a warrant of arrest and for questioning in a robbery investigation.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, at 5:15 p.m., acting on a tip received from the public, officers assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section located Iaukea and took her into custody without incident.

Officers also located the 2011 Toyota Tacoma that had been reported stolen the day prior.

On Thursday at 10 p.m., Iaukea was charged with first degree robbery, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first degree terroristic threatening and contempt of court.

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Iaukea is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $61,000 bail pending her initial appearance in South Hilo District Court this afternoon.

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Hawai‘i island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating Leroy Daniel Kekaula Castro III for an outstanding warrant of arrest and for questioning regarding this robbery investigation.

Castro is described as 5-foot-7-inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. Castro III is known to frequent the Hilo and Puna areas.

The public is advised not to approach Castro III who police consider to be armed and dangerous.

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Police ask anyone with information on their whereabouts to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Detective Aaron Carvalho at 961-2272 or [email protected]gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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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Hawai’i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 31-year-old Puna man and a 25-year-old Puna woman wanted for outstanding arrest warrants of arrest in addition to questioning in an unrelated robbery investigation being conducted by detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation Section.

Early Wednesday morning, Sept. 13, the victim reported that his vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Tacoma bearing Hawai’i license plates HMF-880, was being stolen. During the incident, one of the suspects was reported to have brandished a machete.

The victim was forced out of his vehicle on Ahuna Street in Hilo and the suspects left the area in his truck.

Leroy Daniel Kekaula Castro III is described as 5-feet-7-inches tall, 150 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair. He is known to frequent the Hilo and Puna areas.

Kandace Kehaulani Iaukea is described as 5-feet7-inches tall, 155 pounds, brown eyes and black hair with a star-type tattoo on the back of both hands and tattoos to both forearms. She is known to frequent the Hilo and Puna areas, also.

The public is advised not to approach either Castro or Iaukea who police consider to be armed and dangerous.

Police ask anyone with information on their whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Detective Aaron Carvalho at 961-2272 or [email protected].

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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