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Maui Fugitive Arrested After Alleged Mainland Shooting, Carjacking

Wendy Osher · July 14, 2017, 10:37 AM HST (Updated July 14, 2017, 11:42 AM) · 15 Comments
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A man wanted on an arrest warrant on Maui, has been arrested on the mainland after a series of crimes between Nevada and Southern California.

Kevin Michael Kealoha, 34, was arrested by Sheriffs Deputies in California on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Kevin Kealoha.

He is accused of carjackings, a police chase, and a alleged shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus earlier in the day that media reports say may have stemmed from a road rage incident.

A media alert at UNLV stated that two vehicles entered the UNLV campus on Harmon near Swenson at 10:20 a.m. on July 13, 2017.  The advisory noted that the driver in trail car fired shots at the lead vehicle and that no injuries were reported.  The driver of the car firing shots then fled in their vehicle off campus, prompting an investigation by Las Vegas Metro and UNLV police.

The incident was reportedly followed by a carjacking and a police chase that ended in Hesperia.

Hesperia deputies say that at around 1:51 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 they were called to a Chevron Station for reports of a carjacking at gunpoint.  Responding deputies were given the description of a Honda Civic that was stolen in the incident, and observed the vehicle as they reached the area.

Deputies say they initiated a traffic stop and the driver failed to yield. A pursuit ensued through the city until the suspect collided with a fence. Following the collision, authorities say the suspect allegedly drove toward a marked patrol car and intentionally rammed the vehicle.

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Kealoha was taken into custody without incident.  Deputies recovered a stolen/carjacked vehicle from Nevada in the Chevron parking lot. They also recovered a handgun in the carjacked Honda Civic that was believed to have been used during the Hesperia carjacking.

Once deputies identified the suspect as Kevin Michael Kealoha, they determined he was wanted by several law enforcement agencies in Nevada (Las Vegas Metro, Henderson Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol) for numerous crimes.

Additionally, Hespreia police say Kealoha may be the outstanding suspect in an active shooter incident at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Kealoha was to be booked at High Desert Detention Center for Attempt Kidnapping, Carjacking, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony Evading and the out of state warrants.

In April, the Maui Police Department sought the public’s help in locating Kealoha.  Police responded to our inquiry at the time simply saying Kealoha was wanted on an arrest warrant.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 15 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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