Work furlough inmates charged with kidnapping, robbery

Kalai Tavares, left, and Robert Gibson

Prosecutors charged two work furlough inmates Thursday with kidnapping and robbery in connection with an April 7 incident in Makiki.

They appeared together in court Friday, where a judge confirmed their bails at $100,000 each.

Kalai P. Tavares, 34, was charged with four counts of kidnapping, robbery in the second degree and promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree.

Robert S. Gibson, 31, was charged with four counts of kidnapping and robbery in the second degree.

Both Tavares and Gibson were out on work furlough and supposed to be looking for jobs, according to the Department of Public Safety.

“Work furlough should only apply to inmates who have jobs,” prosecuting attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro said. “No inmate should be out there, supposedly looking for work, without any supervision. Inmates who are inappropriate for work furlough cannot be allowed to put public safety at risk.”

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At around 3 p.m. Tuesday, the two allegedly entered property uninvited and tied the hands of three people on the property. A fourth person who was nearby was also allegedly bound at the hands.

The inmates asked for drugs and weapons and then left with handbags belonging to three of the victims, authorities said.

A witness saw the inmates running from the scene and entering a car. At about 5:25 p.m., police arrested the inmates in a car near the intersection of King and Victoria streets.

Tavares has 18 previous arrests, with convictions for burglary, kidnapping and robbery. Gibson has been arrested 53 times, with convictions for theft, burglary and assault.

King Street near Victoria Street
King Street near Victoria Street

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