Haleakala National Park Rangers found themselves in a unique position Wednesday when they held an armed man in connection with a burglary case.
According to a Maui Police Department spokesman, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hana Patrol Officers received a call from Kaupo residents regarding a suspicious male at the Kaupo Store, who was wanted for questioning by Police regarding a Burglary case were a firearm was stolen.
While in route to Kaupo, officers were advised that the suspicious male, 45 year-old Devon Traxinger of Makawao, was being detained by Haleakala National Park Rangers. When they arrived, police discovered that Traxinger was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm in connection with the Burglary case.
Traxinger was subsequently placed under arrest by Hana Patrol Officers and charged with the following offenses:
- Failure to Register Firearm
- No Permit to Acquire a Firearm
- Improper Place to Keep Pistol
- Burglary in the First Degree
- First Degree Theft (firearm)
- Failure to Appear
Total Bail for Traxinger was set at $15,600. He is currently at the Maui County Correctional Center. Per Sergeant Quintero of the Hana Patrol District, “The apprehension and subsequent arrest of Devon Traxinger was a cumulative effort of the Kaupo Community working together with Police and National Park Service Rangers.”