Maui Police received a call at 3:55 regarding a male stabbing victim in the park. The victim, a 36 year-old Kahului man, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.
Police say their preliminary investigation revealed that a male suspect had fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers. A canvass of the area was unsuccessful and the attacker remains at large.
An Attempted Murder in the Second Degree case has been initiated. Checks for the male suspect in this case continue as the investigation develops. All leads are being investigated. This is the fourth attempted Murder case investigation within the last three weeks.
A Lahaina woman is fighting for her life today after a horrific crash yesterday in Lahaina.
Maui Police say the 32 year-old woman was attempting a left turn across Honoapiilani Highway near Pohaku Akeo Street in a blue Toyota Corolla sedan just before 6 p.m.
Her car was broadsided by a silver Toyota 4Runner heading south. The woman sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. The 4Runner driver, a 28 year-old Kahului man, was only slightly injured. He appeared to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash while the woman’s seatbelt did not appear to be in use.
The involvement of speed, alcohol and drugs are under investigation.
In an apparent dispute between a mother and son, 24 year-old Major Akana allegedly stabbed his 50 year-old mother in Napili Friday morning.
Maui Police say a call came in at 7:477 a.m. Friday for reports of a domestic dispute resulting in a stabbing. While the victim was transferred to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition, Akana was arrested and charged with Second Degree Attempted Murder and Felony Abuse of a Household Member.
Bail has been set at $1,005,000.
By Jeff King
A theft case involving a veteran Maui Police officer has steadily grown in suspects. Yesterday morning at 9 a.m., Officer Chase K. Keliipaakaua, 29, from Kihei, was placed under arrest for the offense of Bribery Of A Witness and Hindering Prosecution In The First Degree. After a similar arrest for a similar offense a few days ago, those alleged to be involved with the crime do not appear to be learning from their mistakes…nor of those among associates who have already been arrested.
Keliipaakaua has been a sworn police officer with the Maui Police Department with about six years of service.
He was released pending further investigation. In addition, an Administrative Investigation was initiated and he has been assigned to desk duties.
This is the third arrest after an October 1 arrest of Officer Anthony Maldonado in a Second Degree theft case. Read that original report.
On October 16, Damien K. Kaina was arrested on charges similar to those filed against Keliipaakaua. Read that report here.
Maui Police say 43 year-old Guy Siegel Junker was riding a black Sondors electric powered bicycle (eBike) along Kupuohi Street. Around 2:18 a.m. Junker, while heading west, struck a curb as he veered across the roadway at the entrance to the Emerald Plaza parking lot, ejecting him from the eBike.
He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition where he later passed away from those injuries.
Junker’s death is the 19th traffic fatality of 2015 – the same as last year at this time.
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.
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