Lahaina man serving year in jail for driving stolen vehicles and additional crimes

WAILUKU — A Lahaina man is serving a one-year jail term after he was convicted of driving stolen vehicles, selling drugs and abusing a family member.

Rhaggie Tapuro, 25, was placed on five years’ probation as part of his sentence imposed Tuesday.

While Tapuro asked to be released after spending about three months in jail, Deputy Prosecutor Lyle Keanini said Tapuro’s numerous cases and felony crimes warranted the one-year jail term.

In six criminal cases, Tapuro pleaded no contest to second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of driving without a license, felony abuse of a family member in the presence of a child under age 14, possession of burglar’s tools, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, third-degree theft and first-degree bail jumping.

In one case, Tapuro was watching family members on Aug. 27, 2017, when he threw a rubber shoe that hit his niece who is hearing impaired, Keanini said. The abuse occurred in front of another niece who has a disability, he said.

Tapuro was operating a stolen moped during a traffic stop May 20, 2017, Keanini said. In another arrest on July 19, 2017, Tapuro admitted to selling a $20 bag of methamphetamine, he said.

Tapuro was awaiting sentencing in those cases when he didn’t show up for a court hearing May 2, leading to the bail jumping charge.

“It was on this day the defendant was committing other crimes,” Keanini said.

He said Tapuro was seen driving a stolen 1998 red Honda Civic and pulling out wires from the passenger side of another vehicle, stealing car stereo speakers, a car stereo, jewelry bag, air filter and cash on May 2.

He was driving the same stolen Honda on May 3 when police tried to stop the vehicle, Keanini said. Tapuro tried to evade police and lost control of the car, hitting the side of a parked vehicle before he continued fleeing while driving 30 to 53 mph on Honoapiilani Highway, he said. Tapuro pulled into the front driveway of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, and got out before the car continued moving forward, hitting and damaging another vehicle, Keanini said.

Tapuro ran before he was apprehended, he said.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen sentenced Tapuro.

As part of his probation, Tapuro was ordered to complete anger management or domestic violence intervention classes. He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

COMMENTS