A 22-year-old homeless man is in police custody in connection with a burglary Monday at a Kona condominium.
At 7:16 a.m. Monday, police received a report of a burglary at a condo on the 75-6000 block of Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona. Sometime overnight, an unknown person entered a unit in the condo through an unlocked door and stole several items — including a jewelry box, a ukulele and cellphones — while the residents were asleep.
At 9:25 a.m. Monday, investigating officers were called back to the same condo complex in response to a report of a man sleeping behind a garage.
An officer made contact with the man and noticed items in his possession matching the description of stolen items from the burglary. While the officer attempted to place the suspect under arrest, the suspect resisted and struck the officer in the head, causing a laceration and swelling.
A second officer arrived at the scene and assisted in subduing the suspect and placing him under arrest. The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Ian Medeiros, who has no permanent address but frequents the Kailua-Kona area.
Fire Department personnel treated the injured officer at the scene for his minor injuries.
Medeiros was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives investigate possible charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and terroristic threatening.
Police urge the public to keep their doors locked when they are asleep or away from home.