HONOLULU (KHON2) — It has been over a month since the deadly crash that claimed the life of a Maui Police Department (MPD) employee after officials said she chased a suspect that stole her purse.
On March 31, MPD said they arrested two people in connection to the crash that killed 55-year-old Terry Jones, the MPD chief’s secretary.
Police said they identified Robert Nelson as a possible suspect.
On Wednesday, Nelson was seen breaking into parked cars in a parking lot at Makawao at around 2:30 p.m. Police were called and arrested Nelson as he unsuccessfully attempted to flee the area.
Authorities said following the arrest, Nelson confessed to breaking into Jones’ vehicle and stealing her purse on Feb. 24.
According to MPD, Nelson’s current charges are unauthorized entry motor vehicle, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and four additional unauthorized entry motor vehicle cases.
Police added that a second suspect was also arrested.
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The investigation is currently ongoing.