LIHU‘E — Tyson Yadao, 21, of Kapa‘a, who allegedly assaulted three Kaua‘i Police Department officers and was Tasered during the subsequent arrest, has pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault on a law-enforcement officer and two other crimes.
Officers Kenneth Cummings, Clyde Caires and Randal Nero went to a Hanama‘ulu residence on a tip Yadao would be there in January. When they found Yadao, he fled on foot. They gave chase, using pepper spray and an electronic stun gun to subdue him as he attempted to kick the officers, an earlier county press release states.
Before 5th Circuit Judge Randal Valenciano on May 24, Yadao, with attorney Greg Meyers, pleaded guilty to three crimes in three separate cases, and 16 charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty pleas, state court records show.
Yadao pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, first-degree assault of a law-enforcement officer and second-degree forgery in three separate cases, the second of the three being the incident in which he was Tasered and sprayed with pepper spray.
Valenciano said Yadao faces up to 70 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 19.
Dropped were two other charges of first-degree assault of a law-enforcement officer, nine theft charges, five forgery charges, and single counts of first-degree criminal trespassing and first-degree escape.
Lauren McDowell, county deputy prosecuting attorney, is representing the state.
Upon his Jan. 20 arrest, Yadao was also charged with reckless endangering, reckless driving and resisting an order to stop, the earlier county release states.
After Yadao was subdued by police using Taser and pepper spray, he was taken by ambulance to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for treatment. After receiving medical clearance, Yadao was released from the hospital and brought to KPD cellblock for booking, the earlier county release states.
Yadao, along with Li‘i Kaimana Cook, Brad Kubisch and Chelsea Banasihan, are believed to be responsible either separately or together for a “rash of property crimes,” white-collar crimes, forgery and stolen-vehicle cases that had island residents “up in arms” late last year, said KPD Lt. Sherwin Kaleo Perez, Lihu‘e district commander in the patrol services bureau, at an earlier Police Commission meeting.
All four have now pleaded guilty and await sentencing except Cook, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for various crimes two weeks ago.
“Solid leads and good investigations” by Caires and others led to the arrest of Yadao and others, Perez said.
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