Trio Charged in Stolen Vehicle Case

The Hawai`i Police Department charged two adult males and a female for offenses in connection with stolen vehicles and other offenses.

Shortly before midnight on August 1, the department’s stolen vehicle task force tracked down 23-year-old Tyler Leopoldino on Kanoelehua Avenue in Hilo. He was arrested for outstanding warrants, promoting a dangerous drug and resisting arrest.

At the time Leopoldino was apprehended, the task force also arrested 25-year-old Clinton Souza, and 26-year-old Rose Peace, for hindering prosecution after being previously warned by police that Leopoldino was a wanted person. Both Souza and Peace were charged on August 2, with hindering prosecution. Souza was also charged with failing to provide a DNA sample due to a prior felony conviction.

Souza’s bail was set at $11,000 and Peace’s bail was set at $10,000. Both made their initial appearance (August 3), in District Court.

During the investigation, police were able to determine that Leopoldino was responsible for the following crimes:

July 24 Robbery
July 24 driving a stolen Toyota truck
July 24 threatening with a handgun
July 24 attempting to get into a Nissan truck
July 24 threatening a different victim with a handgun
July 24 stealing and driving a Subaru
July 24 no driver’s license
July 25 driving another stolen Nissan truck
July 25 fled from police
July 25 reckless driving
July 25 no driver’s license
Aug 1 possession of methamphetamine and zip packet
Aug 1 possession of a scheduled drug

Shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, Leopoldino was charged with 3 counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, 2 counts of first degree terroristic threatening, 2 counts of driving without a license, and one count each of first degree robbery, first degree attempted unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, resisting an order to stop, reckless driving unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, third degree promoting a dangerous drug, third degree promoting a harmful drug, and drug paraphernalia.

Leopoldino is being held at the Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center in lieu of $231,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court scheduled for Friday.

Anyone who may have information about these incidents is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Tuckloy Aurello of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2385 or

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