Thefts and burglaries are a growing problem for Kailua residents. In many cases, thieves get away before the victims even realized what has happened.
However, in one recent case, the suspect didn’t get away thanks to an unlikely hero.
The incident happened on Friday at about 12 p.m. inside the parking garage of Longs Drugs store in Kailua.
Honolulu Police say an alert private citizen caught a man breaking into a car and stopped him by blocking the suspect’s path with his van. That alert citizen spoke with KHON2, but did not want his face shown on camera.
“He backed up and he rammed me and he said, ‘Get out of my way, get out of my way.’ and I told him, ‘No.’ And he backed up the last time and banged the car,” the man said.
The van hit is more than just a set of wheels — it’s also the man’s home. He refused to budge, so the suspect got out of his car and ran toward the van.
“He started punching me in the face. Three times he punched me in the face,” the man said.
Security guards and police officers came, and the suspect ran off leaving the car because it was still blocked by the van.
HPD investigated and on Monday police arrested 26-year-old Sonny Kaloi for assault, criminal property damage, and breaking into a car.
The homeless man driving the van was called in to identify Kaloi.
KHON2 asked the man why he would risk his life to stop a thief who broke into a stranger’s car.
“People here, this is all they got. They work hard and stuff like that. Their car is expensive,” the man said.
He says if it happens again, he would do the same thing because it’s the right thing to do.
Charges are still pending against the suspect.