HPD officer among two arrested for robbery and more

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged two Waikoloa men with robbery, terroristic threatening, and criminal trespassing stemming from an incident that occurred Sunday evening, Sept. 6,  in Kailua-Kona.    One of the men arrested is a former Hawaii Police Department patrol officer currently working as a police officer at the Kona Department of Motor Vehicles office.

According to the Hawaii Police Department press release, on Sunday evening, September 6, 2020, shortly before 10:00 p.m., Kona Patrol Officers were assigned to meet with a family in the area of the 73-4300 block of Holoholo Street.  Upon contacting the family, officers learned that the family was approached on their property by four unknown male parties who were demanding to see one of the residents of the home regarding an allegation of theft. The four men, one of whom was reported to be in possession of a baseball bat left the area prior to police arrival. Based on the information provided by the family, officers were able to locate one of the vehicles and two of the men involved in the incident.  The parties were arrested and taken into police custody while the investigation continued.

The parties were identified as 38-year-old Adrian Ruiz and  42-year-old Rafael Garcia, both of Waikoloa.

Officer Adrian Ruiz:                                                                                                                                                  

 

Rafael Garcia:

 

Ruiz is employed by the Hawaiʻi Police Department and last served as a patrol officer in the district of South Kohala in August of 2015.  He is currently assigned to a limited duty position at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Kona.  A concurrent internal investigation was also generated by the Office of Professional Standards.

After conferring with county prosecutors, Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section charged both men with robbery in the first degree, terroristic threatening in the first degree, and criminal trespassing in the first degree. Bail was set at $12,250 for Ruiz and $61,000 for Garcia. Both men were able to post bail prior to their initial hearing scheduled for September 9, 2020.

Additionally, a 2005 Cadillac Escalade was seized for forfeiture.

Police are still seeking information on the two other men involved in the incident.  Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective James Steffen of the Area II Criminal Investigations Section at (808) 326-4646, ext. 227, or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service.
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