Police Locate Wanted Man

The Hawai`i Police Department has arrested and charged a 26-year-old Ka‘ū man who was previously wanted on several outstanding bench warrants, and for questioning in connection with other criminal investigations.

On Friday, August 28, HPD’s Area II Special Enforcement Unit, along with officers assigned to the district of Ka‘ū, received information regarding the location of a wanted individual, Louis Sanchez. 

Sanchez was located at a residence on Coconut Drive near Paradise Parkway in the Hawaii Ocean View Estates subdivision.  As officers approached Sanchez he fled on foot from officers and ran into thick vegetation.  Officers were able to contain Sanchez within a one-block radius and requested additional assistance in conducting further checks for him.

Additional officers and detectives responded and with the use of a canine they were able to narrow down Sanchez’s location to the area of Paradise Parkway near Aloha Boulevard.  Police then received information that a resident had returned home to his residence on Paradise Parkway and confronted a male within his residence.  Officers then conducted a check at that residence and spotted Sanchez who once again fled on foot.

Shortly after Sanchez fled, it was learned that Sanchez may have caught a ride out of the area.  Officers followed up on that information and were able to locate Sanchez a few blocks away on Coconut Drive.  Sanchez was taken into custody and taken to the Kona Cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section continued their investigation.

On Friday, August 28, 2020, after conferring with prosecutors, Sanchez was charged with one count each of burglary of a dwelling during an emergency, and theft in the fourth degree for the incident that had occurred earlier in the day along with three warrants which were issued for his arrest.

Sanchez was also charged with several other offenses stemming from separate investigations that he was suspected to have committed.  He was charged with burglary of a building during an emergency and theft in the first degree after it was determined that on August 25, 2020, he had entered into a workshop located on the 92-8400 block of Bamboo Lane in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision and removed numerous items.  Sanchez was confronted by the workshop’s owner but fled the area prior to being apprehended.

He was also charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle after he was identified as the operator of a stolen vehicle that had been removed from a residence located on Plumeria Road in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on August 27, 2020.  The victim’s vehicle was located the same day abandoned in the Hawaii Ocean View Estates subdivision.

Sanchez was also charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle in the second degree after on July 10, 2020, he was observed to be within a vehicle that was removed from a residence located on Ocean View Parkway on July 10, 2020.  Upon officer’s arrival, Sanchez fled on foot and was unable to be apprehended.

Sanchez’s total bail was set at $36,750 and was scheduled to make his initial court appearance in Kona District Court on Monday August 31, 2020 at 11:00 am.

Anyone with information regarding who may have assisted or helped to conceal Sanchez on August 28, 2020 while he evaded being captured is encouraged to contact Detective Donovan Kohara at (808) 326-4646 Ext. 238; or via email at donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov.

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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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