Police seeking suspect in auto theft

Manoa Manhunt

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A quiet Manoa neighborhood was the scene of a major manhunt Friday morning.

It all started with the search for a car thief. The incident affected residents, businesses, and hikers in the area.

“I just came into work this morning. There was a police blockade. I was told to turn around,” Lyon Arboretum employee Bernice Fielding said.

Honolulu Police say they had spotted a stolen car. So for the next few hours, they turned cars away from the road leading to Manoa Falls.

Only police special units made it through as they hunted for a suspect who stole a black Honda Civic.

“I think they’re looking for someone maybe because they wanted to make sure no one was in my car,” one hiker said.

Police say the suspect ran from the car on Manoa Road and led them on a chase through Paradise Park.

HPD called in their chopper and K-9 unit to help.

“It seems like it’s definitely important with that many police cars coming and going,” Fielding said.

As a precaution, the state closed the Manoa Falls Trail.  Hikers, area residents, and employees of Lyon Arboretum, lined the streets and waited patiently.

“It definitely puts a damper on your day. We’ve been sitting out here since 7:30 a.m.,” Fielding said.

“I would rather, whatever it is, that they’re doing they take their time and do it properly and we’ll just wait through it,” the hiker said.

At about 10:15 a.m. the roads reopened and Manoa Falls Trail reopened by the afternoon. The Honda Civic found, but not the suspect.

Police are still on the lookout for the male suspect, believed to be in his teens or early 20s. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, grey shorts, and a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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