Man charged in at­tack sim­i­lar to prior in­ci­dent

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - By Nel­son Daran­ciang ndaran­ciang@starad­ver­tiser.com

A 19-year-old man who was shot in the head and chest af­ter al­legedly hit­ting a Honolulu po­lice of­fi­cer with a stolen ve­hi­cle ear­lier this month is on pro­ba­tion for an eerily sim­i­lar in­ci­dent.

An Oahu grand jury re­turned an in­dict­ment Tues­day charg­ing Len­son Sos with try­ing to kill a po­lice of­fi­cer, bur­glary and driv­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle. Cir­cuit Judge Co­lette Garibaldi set bail for Sos at $500,000.

Sos is in cus­tody at Oahu Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter, af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery at a trauma hos­pi­tal.

Fol­low­ing the Feb. 2 in­ci­dent that left Sos in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, Honolulu po­lice Chief Su­san Bal­lard said two of­fi­cers fired their weapons af­ter Sos backed into one of them while try­ing to flee in a stolen mini­van.

The mini­van’s owner had re­ported that some­one had bro­ken into his home on Tan­talus, stole the keys to the mini­van and drove off in it. Po­lice spot­ted the ve­hi­cle on the free­way and later lo­cated it on Kuhaulua Street in Waipahu with a driver and four pas­sen­gers in­side.

Po­lice said of­fi­cers ap­proached the ve­hi­cle and or­dered the driver to turn off the ig­ni­tion. Bal­lard said the driver in­stead re­versed the ve­hi­cle, hit­ting an of­fi­cer and po­lice ve­hi­cle.

The of­fi­cer who was hit, a 26-year-vet­eran of the Honolulu Po­lice Depart­ment, suf­fered bruises to his rib that were not life-threat­en­ing.

Sos al­ready has been con­victed of bur­glary, crim­i­nal prop­erty dam­age and driv­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle. He pleaded no con­test to the charges last May. Cir­cuit Judge Paul B.K. Wong sen­tenced Sos in July to four years of pro­ba­tion.

In that in­ci­dent, po­lice said Sos en­tered a McCully apart­ment through an un­locked door in June 2016, stole the keys to a car, drove off in the ve­hi­cle and picked up three friends he was with be­fore the bur­glary. Of­fi­cers spot­ted the sedan at Washington In­ter­me­di­ate School. When they tried to block the car, Sos rammed one of the of­fi­cers’ sub­si­dized po­lice ve­hi­cles and fled.

Of­fi­cers found Sos hid­ing in­side a parked van not far from where the stolen car had come to a stop af­ter crash­ing head-on into a truck.

Sos was 17 years old at the time of the McCully in­ci­dent and was ini­tially charged as a ju­ve­nile. State Fam­ily Court Judge Mark R. Brown­ing waived the court’s ju­ris­dic­tion over Sos in Septem­ber 2016, al­low­ing an Oahu grand jury to charge Sos as an adult.

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