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Posted at 10:40 a.m., Friday, January 11, 2002

Police Beat

Man arraigned in police shooting case

John Dias, a 35-year-old man with no local address, was arraigned today on attempted murder and car theft charges in connection with Wednesday morning's car chase through Pearl City that culminated in gunfire from a police officer.

Dias is charged with four counts of attempted murder. Police said he tried to back a car into officers who were trying to stop him after he rammed a gate at Pacheco Park, adjacent to the Pearl City police station.

At that point, a 33-year-old officer fired shots at the stolen Nissan Sentra. No one was hit by the multiple rounds.

Police said Dias then raced down Waimano Home Road, struck a light pole and then crashed into a median barrier on Lehua Avenue. He fled on foot and was caught hiding in a Fourth Street carport.

Bail totals $200,000 for the attempted murder counts, as well as one count each for auto break-in, auto theft and second-degree criminal property damage.

Crime spree defendant arraigned

Robert J. Flubacher, already in prison awaiting trial in a December hammer-and-knife assault and robbery case, was arraigned today on charges for three more robberies committed in the five days that followed.

Bail was set at $50,000 each for the crimes Dec. 8 at the Kapi'olani Boulevard 7-Eleven store and Dec. 9 at the Shell service station on Ward Avenue. A third robbery charge, for a Dec. 6 holdup at an Ala Moana Boulevard 7-Eleven, carried bail of $20,000.

The crime spree started Dec. 4 at a Lumi'au'au Street residence, where Flubacher, 34, was a guest of one of the victims, a 21-year-old woman.

Police said the two were arguing when Flubacher hit the woman with a hammer and then attacked two men, 24 and 30, hitting them with the hammer and stabbing the younger man. He then took the woman's car keys and drove away.

Flubacher was finally caught Dec. 10 driving another stolen car in Mo'ili'ili and charged Bail in the Waikele case totalled $100,000. He is scheduled for trial March 4 in that case, and was at the Halawa Correctional Facility yesterday when he was arrested and charged for the other robberies.

Officials probe Nimitz Highway building fire

Fire investigators today were still investigating the cause of a fire that broke out last night in a vacant business building at 540 N. Nimitz Highway.

The first alarm sounded at 7:41 p.m. when smoke was observed. Kalihi Kai firefighters responded and, when they spotted flames in the front of the building, they called for assistance.

The blaze was extinguished at 7:58 p.m., said fire Capt. Kenison Tejada.

Tejada said the fire appeared to have started in a wooden panel covering the electrical boxes but, because no immediate sign of electrical problems was found, investigators were called.

Serviceman stable after Waikiki attack

A military serviceman, believed to be a seaman with a visiting Navy battle group, remains hospitalized after an early Wednesday attack in Waikiki, and police have opened an attempted murder investigation in the case.

Robin McCulloch, chief of the city's emergency services team, said the man was treated by ambulance crews at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after he was found unconscious 2164 Kalia Road. He was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition; his condition was upgraded to stable yesterday, police said. The hospital declined to release further information today.

Ambulance records indicate the victim, who is in his mid-20s, is a seaman aboard the USS Sacramento, one of the ships in the USS Carl Vinson group, which is visiting in Hawai'i until Monday. Navy spokespersons were unable to confirm his identity. The Sacramento is homeported in Bremerton, Wash.

Man arrested after victim slashed

Police arrested an 18-year-old Kapi'olani Boulevard man in an investigation of a slashing incident near the Hard Rock Cafe early yesterday.

Detectives have classified the case, in which the suspect used a broken beer bottle to cut the victim, as a second-degree attempted murder.

Just after 2 a.m. yesterday, a witness saw the suspect pick up a beer bottle on the ground in the parking lot opposite the cafe. He then reportedly broke the bottle against a parked car and then used the jagged edge to slash the neck of the victim, another man.

The suspect fled the scene but then returned, when the witness identified him to police, who arrested him at 2:25 a.m.

Police arrest suspects in kidnapping case

A 22-year-old man yesterday complained to police about a December incident in which he was threatened, robbed and kidnapped by a group claiming that he owed them money.

The victim told police that a woman posing as an acquaintance called him and said she was coming by for a visit. He got in the car driven by a woman, 22, and a man in the back seat pointed a handgun at him and bound his arms with duct tape, according to the police report.

That suspect, and another male, continued to demand money that was owed and took his wallet while they drove him between Waipahu and east Honolulu. He was finally released in Hawai'i Kai.

The threats have continued, the victim said, and he called police yesterday. East Honolulu district police located the suspects and arrested them yesterday.