Suspect charged after allegedly stealing spear from Hilo Kamehameha statue

Courtesy of Hawaii County

A former Oahu man has been charged in connection with a spear that was stolen from the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo.

William Roy Carroll III, 31, who has no permanent address, was charged with second-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage, as well as third-degree theft in connection with a pipe and chain that were taken from a nearby used car lot.

His bail was set at $11,000.

A section of the statue’s spear was reported missing on Sunday and recovered Tuesday.

While detectives were searching in the channel behind the statue for evidence, a water craft doing checks in the overgrowth on the banks of the channel located and recovered the stolen section of the spear.

The top portion of the bronze spear was processed for forensic evidence and police reviewed surveillance video.

Carroll was arrested in Hilo at 3 p.m. Thursday.

He remains the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

William Roy Carroll III
William Roy Carroll III

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