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Keoki Carvalho charged with nine counts

LIHUE — A local judge ruled that man accused of multiple burglaries in October is unfit to proceed to trial.

Keoki Carvalho, who was arrested in October on nine charges, including several counts burglary, theft and criminal property damage, was before Judge Randal Valenciano Tuesday morning for a status on three panel reports.

The reports by three doctors were to determine if he is fit to proceed with court proceedings.

Valenciano, Rebecca Like, deputy prosecuting attorney, and Melinda Mendes, public defender, received the reports.

“I’m going to make a finding, not on whether he was impaired at the time of the offense, what I’m doing is finding him unfit,” he said.

Information contained in the reports was unavailable, and Valenciano did not say why he made the finding.

Carvalho, 25, was arrested Oct. 28 in connection to several burglaries on Oct. 26. That morning, police responded to a burglary complaint at Honsador Lumber on Wilcox Road. At the time, detectives were also investigating two other break-ins earlier in the week at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall on Hardy Street and All Kauai Bail Bonds on Oihana Street.

As the investigation progressed, officials named Carvalho a suspect in all three break-ins, and he was later arrested near the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.

He was charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of theft and three counts of criminal property damage.

This is not the first time Carvalho has been arrested on burglary charges. In 2014, he was arrested in connection with multiple business break-ins that occurred over a month. He was charged with burglary in the second degree, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

He remains in jail on a $25,000 bail.

Carvalho will be in court for a review hearing for Feb. 28.

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