Police Nab Wanted Man

The Hawai`i Police Department has thanked the public for its assistance in locating wanted man Jake Branch.

On Friday, detectives from HPD’s Area II Special Enforcement Unit located and arrested 36-year-old Jake Branch without incident.

The arrest stems from an investigation that started on Wednesday, May 20, when Kona Patrol and Vice  Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle report above Ane Keohokalole Highway.

Upon arrival, officers contacted and arrested 27-year-old Alexandra Barnes-Carrick within a vehicle for a narcotics violation. Officers also observed Branch, who was located outside of the vehicle and subsequently left the area.    

After further investigation, it was determined that the vehicle was taken from a burglary that had recently occurred in the 77-6000 block of Leilani Street, Kailua-Kona.

The vehicle was towed to the Kealakehe Police Station where a search warrant was served and items within the vehicle connected Barnes-Carrick to the burglary investigation.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation and obtained eye-witness statements that identified Branch as the operator of the stolen vehicle, at which time an arrest warrant for Branch was obtained.

On Friday afternoon, detectives charged Barnes-Carrick with one count of promotion of a detrimental drug, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, burglary of a dwelling during an emergency, theft in the first degree, and three counts of violations of conditions of release. Her bail was set at $271,000.

On Friday evening, detectives charged Branch with one count of promotion of a detrimental drug, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, burglary of a dwelling during an emergency, theft in the first degree, and three counts of violations of conditions of release. His bail was set at $271,000.

Both parties were held at the Kealakehe Police Station, pending their initial court appearance on May 26 at Kona District Court.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Kayla Makino-Kahuli of Area II Criminal Investigations Section at (808) 326-4646 ext. 227 or the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

Police would like to remind the public that there are enhanced penalties for certain criminal offenses in light of the current COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation declared by Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige. These offenses include but are not limited to burglary, robbery, theft, and criminal property damage.

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