HILO, Hawaii – The 31-year-old man arrested for stealing a bronze spear from the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo has been charged.
Big Island police arrested William Roy Carroll III on Thursday. He was charged with theft and criminal property damage on Friday.
The top section of the spear held by a statue of the Hawaiian warrior was reported missing Sunday. Detectives returned to the scene Tuesday when they found the missing spear section in overgrowth on the banks of a channel behind the statue.
Police say the spear was forcibly removed from the lower staff section.
Police say Carroll is a former Oahu resident who currently has no permanent address.
He couldn't be reached for comment at the Hilo police cellblock, where he's being held on $11,000 bail.