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Suspects have long rap sheets

  • Courtesy Kauai Police Department

    Travis Shimomura

  • Courtesy Kauai Police Department

    Kylie Lanning

LIHUE — The two men arrested Tuesday after allegedly pulling a gun on people outside St. Catherine School in Kapaa both have extensive criminal records and multiple prior convictions, according to county prosecutors and a review of court records.

Travis Shimomura, 34, and Kylie Lanning, 23, led police on a high-speed chase up Kawaihau Road after Shimomura allegedly threatened a man and a woman in front of St. Catherine School Tuesday afternoon, not long before class let out for the school’s kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

A Kauai Police Department press release Wednesday said Shimomura and Lanning both had unrelated warrants out for their arrests — Shimomura was wanted for a parole violation and Lanning for violating conditions of his release on bail.

“It’s frustrating for us that these guys keep bailing out,” said County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar.

Shimomura’s criminal record dates back at least to 2003, when court records show he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of forgery and a misdemeanor theft charge for which he was sentenced to five years probation and six months in jail, minus time already served. Less than a year later, Shimomura was arrested on a parole violation and given an additional prison sentence.

In 2005, Shimomura was indicted on drug charges and pleaded guilty to one felony count of drug paraphernalia possession, for which he was given a five-year prison sentence in 2006.

It is unclear from court records when exactly Shimomura was released from jail following the 2006 conviction, but a warrant was issued for his arrest in August 2009 in connection with a burglary. Shimomura eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to court minutes of the proceedings.

Shimomura was paroled about seven years later, but at some point violated the conditions of his release and was again wanted by police prior to his arrest this week, according to a county press release detailing the alleged incident at St. Catherine School.

Lanning, of Kapaa, was arrested last June after police say he was found driving a truck belonging to someone else that had been repainted another color. He was also charged with driving while his license was revoked, a crime “for which he has at least two prior conviction in the last five years,” according to charging documents.

He signed a deal with prosecutors last year, agreeing to plead no contest to one felony auto-theft count and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a revoked license.

Despite objections raised by the prosecutor, Lanning was allowed to post bail in November while awaiting sentencing, but a warrant was issued for his arrest two months later, after he allegedly violated the conditions of his supervised release by neglecting to contact his parole officer.

Lanning was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 21, two days before he and Shimomura were arrested in Kapaa. At a hearing Thursday, a Fifth Circuit judge decided to delay Lanning’s sentencing pending an examination to determine the defendant’s mental competency.

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Caleb Loehrer, staff writer, can be reached at 245-0441 or cloehrer@thegardenisland.com.

9 Comments
  1. kimo February 22, 2019 7:41 am Reply

    Why is it so difficult for our “justice” system to put convicted criminals in prison?


  2. tunataxi February 22, 2019 7:51 am Reply

    Out before spring break.. clearly our courts are under the assumption they are “Good boys” just having a bad day…. and another… and another… and


  3. jake February 22, 2019 8:44 am Reply

    Who are these guys connected to that they keep slipping through the cracks and ending up back in society?


  4. mina February 22, 2019 8:59 am Reply

    Sentence them to 60 days in North Dakota during the winter. They will be begging to return to Kauai and behave like angels.


  5. All about the money February 22, 2019 1:31 pm Reply

    If there’s no criminals out loose committing crimes then the judicial employees don’t have jobs, their families don’t have jobs, their friends do t have jobs, they can’t go to Las Vegas or Oahu regularly .

    It’s all about money and funding positions in a nepotism and corrupt judicial system.

    Relatives of the Kauai serial killer work for the judicial system, drug dealers can become cops, lawyers can commit crimes unpunished, former cops/rapists can murder without getting caught and punished.

    The entire judicial system on Kauai and the state of Hawaii is rig. It’s the biggest scam and criminal scheme since way before the Kealoha’s.

    Check out the history of the Hawaii mafia and how they were all cops and now they have family members as cops.

    These guys were probably working for the dirty cops on Kauai.

    Remember when the KCC stolen safe ended up on a kpd officers property? And nothing was done?

    Remember when the state testified that going 100 mph and 25 mph is the same difference and wouldn’t change your decision making if you ran over someone or not?

    Remember all the unsolved murders?

    What about all the rapes and child rapes in Kauai and all islands connected to these same people.

    Don’t cover up the truth TGI.

    Expose it and tell it like it is.

    It’s all about the money.


  6. LookUpTheirNames February 22, 2019 1:35 pm Reply

    It’s obvious who they are connected to.

    Huge drug ring on Kauai and slant eye syndicate mafia that connected to the judicial system and county officials.

    If you don’t believe then prove it wrong!

    If you don’t know then ask somebody.

    Old timers know and talk too.

    This is the plantation ghetto mentality of Kauai.


  7. doug henry February 22, 2019 3:39 pm Reply

    What ever happened to three strikes and you’re out? They should be sentenced to life for using a gun during a robbery. Way too lenient on criminals and drunk drivers in Hawaii.


  8. MisterM February 22, 2019 7:19 pm Reply

    Long walk. Short pier. Problem solved.


  9. whodaguy February 22, 2019 7:36 pm Reply

    If we get all the criminals in jail, we could fix the traffic problem! Do I have to do all the thinking around here?


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