- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - A former Honolulu police officer has pleaded guilty to trying to extort $15,000 from the owners of a local hostess bar.

Roddy Tsunezumi pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats and violence.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (https://is.gd/iHptjY) reports that the 38-year-old admitted attempting to extort the money from the business owners between June and October 2013 in exchange for protection from a kidnapping and robbery plot.

Tsunezumi said the owners approached him about a threat and he told them they could hire Jeremy Javillo, who is expected to plead guilty Thursday.

Tsunezumi resigned from the police force in April.

His plea was part of a plea agreement, which dismissed a vehicle fraud charge.

He is scheduled for sentencing Nov 5.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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