Kapiolani robbery suspect charged, released from prison two weeks prior

The man arrested for robbing a woman in Waikiki while in her car and using her stolen credit card was charged Friday night with the crime.

Phillip Osuna is charged with kidnapping, robbery 1, fraudulent use of credit card, identity theft 2, theft 2, Unauthorized Possession of Confidential Personal Information (UPCPI) and theft or forgery of credit card.

He remains in police custody with bail set at $200,000.

Osuna is accused of robbing a woman while she waited for her daughter to finish soccer practice at Kapiolani Park. He allegedly got in the car, held her at gunpoint and took several of her belongings.

A man was later spotted using her stolen credit card at a store in Haleiwa.

Osuna was arrested Thursday morning.

This isn’t the first time Osuna has been in trouble with the law. In 2014, Osuna was convicted of second-degree robbery. According to court records, he took a woman’s purse while claiming to have a gun.

His other crimes date as far back as 2004 and include breaking into vehicles, and dealing drugs.

Osuna was released just two weeks before the robbery at Kapiolani Park. He was locked up on June 6 after testing positive for crystal methamphetamine and released Sept. 9.

Records show Osuna has been in and out of prison for multiple probation violations.

phillip osuna criminal record

KHON2 asked former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle why someone with this kind of record is let back out onto the streets after repeatedly breaking the rules.

“The answer is that they’re being given chance after chance after chance in the hope that they are actually going to improve,” Carlisle said. “In this case, there are a number of reasons to think that that is not going to occur. He has no means of support. He has no support system that we’re aware of.”

So what can be done?

“You don’t have to have this happen. You can basically make sure that the person is incarcerated so that they can’t go out and harm anyone other than other prisoners and themselves,” Carlisle said. “That wasn’t done in this case and it’s been done for years and years in this guy’s case.”

This time around, Osuna could be facing a stiffer punishment if convicted.

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