Robbery, assault suspects arrested

Kauai Police Department officers arrested two Kapa‘a men early Monday morning on suspicion of assault following several incidents that occurred just hours earlier.

James M. Rapozo, 23, was arrested on one count of seconddegree assault and three counts of third-degree assault. Ashley K. Souza, 24, was arrested on two counts of third-degree assault.

At 3:40 a.m. Monday, security officers at Rice Shopping Center reported being verbally threatened by two local males in a white Ford Ranger pickup. The subjects attempted to enter Rob’s Good Times Grill, but were informed by security guards that the establishment was closed.

At 3:42 a.m. Monday, KPD patrol officers responded to a Wilcox Memorial Hospital report of an assault victim treated at the emergency room. The assault investigation revealed that the victim was with friends at Lydgate Park when they were confronted and assaulted by two local adult males.

The victim reported the assailants had been driving a white Ford Ranger, and that the incident occurred sometime between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.

Police officials then responded to a 911 call received at 4:17 a.m., in which a male reported he had been robbed and assaulted while sleeping in a park along Kuamo‘o Road in Wailua. The victim indicated two local males driving a white Ford Ranger woke him in his vehicle and demanded money and drugs.

The two suspects allegedly opened the doors to the vehicle and physically assaulted the victim. Though he was able to exit the vehicle and run, the victim reported he was caught and beaten.

The suspects allegedly searched the vehicle on their own and removed a black backpack. The victim transported himself to the Wilcox emergency room, where he was treated for multiple injuries.

In all three incidents, the descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle matched.

KPD patrol officers located two local male suspects at a Wailua residence at 5:38 a.m., and arrested the men for assault. The suspects also face charges of robbery and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

KPD is asking anyone who may have seen vehicles exiting the bellstone park in Wailua Monday around 5:15 a.m., or who may have information about any of these cases, to contact Det. Kaleo Perez at 241-1686, or Crime Stoppers at 241-1887.


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