Vehicle Allegedly Stolen at Gunpoint, Haʻikū Man Arrested

December 1, 2015, 1:43 PM HST · Updated December 1, 1:45 PM
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Mauro Castillo.

Mauro Castillo.

Maui police arrested a Haʻikū man following a report of a vehicle theft at gunpoint on Sunday night in Kīhei.

Police say the arrest stemmed from an incident reported at around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, in which a male victim reported that four males and a female, utilized a firearm, and took an undisclosed amount of cash and property from him, before stealing his vehicle.

Police say the suspects fled the area in the victim’s car, a Nissan Altima, and a gray Toyota Tacoma.

Police say they attempted to stop the Tacoma; however the driver of the vehicle refused to stop and allegedly evaded the pursuing officers. The vehicle was followed into a sugar cane field, where a suspect was observed fleeing on foot.

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According to police reports, officers located Mauro Castillo Jr., 38, hiding in the field and took him into custody.

Castillo was arrested at around 10:09 p.m. for allegations of: first degree robbery; kidnapping; felon in possession of a loaded firearm; felon in possession of ammunition; unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle; place to keep a loaded firearm; resisting an order to stop; and reckless driving.

Police say no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

An investigation is ongoing.

Castillo remained in police custody at last report.  No bail had been set as of Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.

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