Suspect Sydney Tafokitau in island-wide manhunt shot by police, declared dead.
Press conference confirms the suspect in the New Year’s Day, island-wide manhunt is dead after being shot by police.
CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Sydney Tafokitau who is wanted for Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree.
On Saturday, December 16, 2023, at approximately 12:45 a.m., an unknown male suspect who was later positively identified as Sidney Tafokitau got into a verbal argument with a group of males on Rose Street in Kalihi. He subsequently used a firearm to shoot at the group, striking one male, and a knife to cause bodily injury to a second male. On December 21, 2023, multiple no-bail warrants were issued for his arrest.
Today at 11:35 a.m., plainclothes officers attempted to apprehend Tafokitau in a stolen vehicle in Kalihi when he fired multiple times at their unmarked vehicle. Tafokitau fled on Likelike Highway. Shortly after, he stole another vehicle at gunpoint.
Tafokitau is considered armed and dangerous. Call 911 and do not approach.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (808) 955-8300. The public may now send anonymous web tips to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips App.