Indictment: Suspects tried to run over KPD officers

HONOLULU — Two Kauai men, one still at large, have been indicted on attempted murder charges after police say they tried to run over three Kauai Police Department officers.

Kalei Hiilei Goodwin, 31, and Kanbert A.T. Alapai, 35, were indicted by a grand jury on attempted murder and drug charges Thursday related to an incident earlier this month, according to a release from the Attorney General’s Office.

On Feb. 9, Goodwin and Alapai, who were driving separate cars, attempted to run over three police officers — Brian Silva, James Rodriguez, and Kapena Wilson — while they were performing their official duties, the release said.

Attempted murder of a law enforcement officer is punishable by life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

“Our police officers put themselves on the front line every day to keep us safe. If their lives are ever threatened, the law demands severe consequences,” said Doug Chin, attorney general.

Alapai was indicted on one count of attempted murder, two counts of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, three counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree and two counts of promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree, according to the six-page indictment.

Alapai was in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana on Feb. 9, the indictment said.

He is in custody and bail has been set at $250,000.

Alapai has been previously arrested on the possession drug paraphernalia, weapons, methamphetamine and promoting dangerous drugs charges, according to the Hawaii Sate Judiciary online search.

Goodwin, who was indicted on two counts of attempted murder and resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, remains at large. He has arrests dating back from 2005. Charges include promoting dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrests, unauthorized entry and theft, according to the judiciary search.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest, with bail set at $500,000. Goodwin is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information that could help locate Goodwin can call the KPD dispatch line at 241-1711 or Kauai CrimeStoppers at 246-8300.

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