Wanted Kalaheo man arrested after attempting to evade police

Wanted by police: Kawai Matsusaka
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Wanted by police: Kawai Matsusaka

WAILUA – Police captured a wanted Kalaheo man Tuesday afternoon in Wailua, after the suspect attempted to flee from police.

At around 2:30 p.m., police received a tip that a male subject was attempting to break into an unattended vehicle parked at the foot of the Nonou Mountain trail, also known as Sleeping Giant, located off Haleilio Road in Wailua Houselots.


Upon responding to the scene, officers located and identified the suspect as Kawai Matsusaka, age 22, and learned that he was also wanted on an Outstanding Bench Warrant.

When officers attempted to detain Matsusaka, he fled the area on foot and police gave chase. Additional officers from the Hanalei and Lihue district responded and located Matsusaka at the junction of Haleilio and Nonou roads at approximately 4 p.m.

Matsusaka was arrested for the Outstanding Bench Warrant and First Degree Attempted Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle.

He is currently being held at Police Cellblock in lieu of $3,000.