Arrest made in livestock shooting on Kalae ranch

| October 11, 2013 | 20 Comments

Nelson Rapanot Jr., 23, of Kalae, was arrested by police Tuesday after admitting to the shooting of three horses and cow on the private ranch of Richard and Roxanne French in Kalae.

A horse near Molokai's north shore. It is not known if this horse was one of those shot on the French's ranch in 2012.

A horse near Molokai’s north shore. It is not known if this horse was one of those shot on the French’s ranch in 2012.


The shooting occurred between Feb. 7 and 8, 2012 at the property along Kalae Highway, said Captain John Jakubczak, commander of the Molokai Patrol District.

According to Jakubczak, one horse and the cow, both pregnant, were shot to death. Another horse, a stallion, had to be put down after a shot in its left leg shattered bone. He said a third horse, also pregnant, survived after suffering a bullet wound on the right side of its stomach.

The arrest was made following the investigation by Molokai Police Detective Jamie Winfrey, Jakubczak said. At the time of the incident, police were seeking leads from the community and asked the public to call Maui County Crimestoppers. In this case, though, it was just Winfrey developing good information.

“This was a detective doing a great job tracking down leads and talking to people,” said Jakubczak.

Jakubczak said Rapanot reported shooting the animals because he was upset after missing the deer he had been hunting.

The pregnant horse that was killed was valued at $25,000 and the cow was valued at $2,000. The stallion was valued at $40,000.

Rapanot was charged with four counts of first-degree criminal property damage, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, first-degree criminal trespassing, four counts of first-degree cruelty to animals and hunting on private lands.

The Maui News originally reported that bail was set at $154,000 but Jakubczak said the bail was reduced to $54,000. He went on to say that more information will be released from the Maui County prosecutor’s office as the case proceeds to court.

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  1. nature lover says:

    Good work officer Winfrey… One of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen is when those beautiful horses galloped down that hill and came to me. And when I look up to that hill it just makes me feel sad now. How senseless…

  2. NELSON RAPANOT says:

    This article is incorrect Nelson DID NOT to admitting shooting any animals & is in court process .

    Get the right info before you post!!!

  3. HAWAIIANGIRL says:

    Fantastic news. I always felt that someone would be arrested in this terrible crime. If found guilty, I would hope that the Court would throw the book at this killer.

    If anyone has seen the way this family crowds their dogs in their truck to go deer hunting, it should be no surprise to read this article.

    Great work by the Detective.

  4. kalaniua ritte says:

    shit,i hope he neva do um,nelson is a good guy…
    hawn girl u dont crowd your dogs on the truck to go deer hunting…its for hunting pigs…police shouldnt let info out until after the court has made its decision ,it ruins peoples rep

    • steve says:

      nevah met nelson, so i’ll take your word that he’s a good guy.

      but i hardly think five-oh is going to “let info out” that would jeopardize their case. i have to guess they have a signed confession from nelson.

      kinda twisted logic mr. nelson uses when he says he shot the horses because he missed a deer.

      makes me think it’s a good idea that the ranch closed the movie theater (if you get my drift)

    • Keikiaina says:

      If this is true about Nelson Jr it is very sad. Do you want pictures posted of dogs all crowded into those truck beds for hunting mr. Ritte jr.? We can all see it all over town and in the forest and up in Kalae. Hawn girl is right!
      It sad to see deer on the side of Kalae highway with just certain parts taken and the rest of the animal left dead on the side of the road. Its also sick to see a dead deer with its neck cut off JUST FOR ITS RACK.
      WHERE IS THE RESPECT FOR THIS ANIMAL WHO YOU FEED TO YOUR FAMILY?
      I DO BELIEVE THAT OUR ANCESTORS HAD REPSECT FOR THE ANIMALS THEY KILLED TO FEED FOR THEIR FAMILY…….
      WHERE DO YOU HUNT UP IN KALAE WHICH IS MOSTLY PRIVATE LAND? DO PEOPLE HUNT IN HOOLEHUA, THERE IS A LOT OF OPEN LAND…….
      WHY DO HUNTERS FEEL THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO HUNT ON SOMEMONE ELSES LAND? WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE HUNTING ON YOUR PROPERTY?
      KARMA IS A REALITY AND DOES HAPPEN TO PEOPLE…..

      • david price says:

        you first ask to hunt private land if ok you share what your family dont eat this was my familyhome as a child it brings tears to my eyes right now i only remember pure love may you all be blessed for ever son of genie and jack price david aloha mt shasta ca

  5. HAWAIIANGIRL says:

    K. Ritte;
    Really doesn’t matter what they are hunting, crowding the dogs into their truck is animal cruelty. I saw one dog at the bottom. Don’t know how it survived the crushing from the other dogs. Made me very sad to see the treatment of these animals that help put food on their owners tables.

    • kalaniua ritte says:

      the dogs love the hunt…das thea chance to experience life,to live.. being tied up or penned up all day now das animal cruelty

      • keikiaina says:

        MANY HUNTERS HAVE THEIR DOGS IN KENNELS……WE ALL KNOW THAT K. RITTE. THEY ARE NOT RUNNING AROUND FREE IN THE HUNTERS YARD…. PLEASE WE LIVE ON A SMALL ISLAND….

        • kalaniua ritte says:

          some people shitty hunters some not…kanaks have the right to hunt the axis on all undeveloped land..its part of our gathering rights in the state consitution…some shitty stupid hunters just fuk it for everybody landchild

          • steve says:

            eh brah,

            “some people shitty hunters” in the comments about some kanak shooting 3 horses and a cow “because he was upset after missing the (presumably axis) deer he had been hunting” ????????????

            understatement of the year even if nelson a good guy.

            gathering rights in the state constitution don’t make this pono… and i’d hope you agree.

            reminds me of a sign hung at a smorgasbord back when i was a kid- “please take all that you like, but eat all that you take”.

  6. kalaniua ritte says:

    not talking specifically about that incedent …if he did um,pay da price…was talking about some hunting styles in general..like cutting fences…breaking water lines …wasting meat…losing dogs shooting live stock…u gotta be one ninja…makeum like u wasnt even there…super small footprint….no put all the hunters in to 1 catagory
    get shitty hunters an get good hunters

    • steve says:

      absolutely braddah!

      i wish i wrote that comment myself (especially ” like u wasnt even there… super small footprint”).

      rights also convey responsibilities, like the ones you articulated.
      understatement of the year followed up by comment of the year.

      mahalos

  7. HAWAIIANGIRL says:

    I enjoy reading the comments, but I don’t understand the language that some use. It is not necessary to get your point across. Remember that some young children may be reading your words.

  8. kalei says:

    I really hope this isn’t true. Nelson rarely means any harm, but individuals are prone to making mistakes. We all should just wait before we assume wrong and do more harm then good with our assumptions.

  9. kalei says:

    I really hope it isn’t true. Nelson means well, rarely does he mean any harm. Unfortunately people are prone to making mistakes. Not saying there isn’t consequences to be paid for his actions, but our assumptions sometimes do more harm than good even though we don’t intend to harm.

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