Army man charged with UH dorm break-in
By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer
A 20-year-old man assigned to the Army’s Stryker brigade at Schofield charged in connection with Sunday’s alleged break-in at a University of Hawai’i at Manoa dorm room was in possession of stolen property, which included women’s underwear and an iPod, according to a court document. Mark Andrew Heath, accused of unauthorized entry into a dwelling and first-degree burglary, was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail awaiting a preliminary hearing Thursday at District Court on his warrantless arrest following his initial appearance at court today.
High bail was requested and granted because Heath presents a “danger to the community,” prosecutors said.
According to Schofield public affairs, Heath is a scout with Alpha Troop 2nd Squadron 14th Cavalry. The spokesperson was not sure if Heath is scheduled for deployment to Iraq with the Stryker brigade in coming weeks.
The soldier was arrested at 9:35 a.m. Sunday in the lobby of the Lokelani Dorm building at 2579 Dole St. by police investigating a reported break-in.
The unauthorized entry charge stems from Heath allegedly opening the door and entering a fourth-floor unit, according to an affidavit filed at District Court. A woman resident and her boyfriend were in the unit.
The boyfriend chased down Heath after he allegedly fled from the room.
When asked why he trying to enter the room, Heath allegedly said he was looking for a friend, “Travis Ford in dorm room 453,” the affidavit stated. Police and Campus Security said a check of the name and room number met with negative results, the document said.
According to witnesses, Heath appeared intoxicated, the affidavit said.
The woman resident of the dorm room Heath allegedly entered is the complainant in the unauthorized entry case.
Another 18-year-old female student and Lokelani Dorm resident identified a pink Nano iPod and
ingerie allegedly found in Heath’s possession as belonging to her, leading to the burglary charge.
The student told authorities the items were stolen sometime between Thanksgiving day and Sunday from her dorm room, the court document said. Her’s is a different room than the one in the unauthorized entry case.
UH spokesman Gregg Takayama said school officials are investigating how Heath gained entrance into Lokelani Dorm, which is part of the cluster of Hale Aloha campus dorms.
Takayama said the dorms have around-the-clock front desk check-in where guests are admitted only if escorted by a resident. Takayama declined comment when asked if Heath was a registered guest.
Dorm residents were also advised to lock their doors from the beginning of the current school year, Takayama said.
According to investigators, the dorms are not equipped with security surveillance cameras.