By Jeff King
A decorated Maui Police officer, arrested for theft on October 1, has a new charge added to his list: Bribery of a Witness and Hindering Prosecution. Read the original report here.
But he’s not alone.
Tuesday this week, 36 year-old Damien K. Kaina, Jr., from Wailuku, visited the victim of the theft and offered an undisclosed amount of cash in exchange for the victim to withdraw the criminal complaint against Officer Maldonado.
On Wednesday, the victim reported the incident to police and turned over the cash given to him by Kaina.
Yesterday morning at about 8:51 a.m., Officer Anthony Maldonado, 26, from Makawao, was arrested for Bribery Of A Witness and Hindering Prosecution In The First Degree. Maldonado was released pending further investigation and has been placed on administrative leave without pay.
Three hours after that, at 12:35 p.m., Damien K. Kaina Jr. was arrested and charged for Bribery Of A Witness and Hindering Prosecution In The First Degree.
Kaina was released after posting $10,000.00 bail.