Good Samaritan tackles suspect in Kahala crime spree

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A crime spree in Kahala involved three separate home burglaries, a robbery, and an attempted carjacking.

Honolulu police say it was all done by one suspect. He might have gotten away if not for one man who risked his life to stop him.

A Good Samaritan happened to be driving by as the suspect was trying to get away. His name is Ben, though he asks that we don’t use his last name.

Ben was able to chase the suspect down and hold him until officers arrived. He says he didn’t even have time to think, he just knew somebody needed help.

We were the only ones there as the suspect was being arrested.

The crime spree ended on Makaiwa Street, where several police cars converged once the suspect was caught, thanks in large part to Ben.

Ben says he saw the suspect run across the street. Residents then started shouting that the man had broken into a home.

“I got out of the car and the neighbor told me that the suspect ran into the house,” he said.

The suspect then came out of a second home with a bicycle to to get away.

“I remember taking off my slippers, running over here, tackling him off the bike, fighting on the ground,” Ben said.

Ben says the suspect was still able to run off and stopped a car that was driving by. He jumped into the driver’s seat with the driver still in it.

Ben kept after him.

“He tries to get into the driver’s side of the car, I keep pounding him on the face, and the driver was unable to get out of the car, because the suspect was sitting on top of him,” he said.

Luckily the driver’s wife pulled on the emergency brake so the car couldn’t go anywhere, then jumped out and grabbed their two little girls from the back seat.

Ben says he just kept punching the suspect until police officers arrived. The suspect had to be taken away by an ambulance.

HPD identified the man as Ivan Kong, 37. He was initially arrested on three counts of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree robbery, car theft, resisting arrest, and contempt.

He was charged Friday with three counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree robbery, driving a stolen vehicle, unauthorized entry to a dwelling, and terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $250,000.

We checked his criminal record and he has 18 convictions going back to 2001, which also includes burglary and car theft.

The crime spree actually started on Kahala Avenue, about a mile away. Witnesses tell us that the suspect broke into a house, but the resident came home and confronted him. Witnesses say he then attacked her.

“He rushed her and he was throwing her against the wall and stuff inside her kitchen, and that’s when she started screaming,” said Janet Feeback, the victim’s neighbor. “She had a head wound, so those bleed a lot, and then her eye was swollen.”

Neighbors tried to help, but Kong was able to get away and police say he then broke in the two other homes, where Ben caught up with him.

Ben is not a big guy at 5 foot 7 and 155 pounds. The suspect is almost a hundred pounds heavier.

“I wasn’t actually thinking. I just reacted. When I think back on it, it was sort of stupid of me to do that,” Ben said. “The two little girls afterwards, after everything happened, they said that, ‘You’re my hero and you saved the day,’ and that’s always a heart-warming experience, and made me feel that I actually did something.”

As for the suspect, Honolulu police tell us he remains in custody but has not been charged.

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