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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:21 a.m., Friday, November 29, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Man, 20, arraigned on robbery charges

A 20-year-old man was arraigned this morning on first-degree robbery charges after he allegedly held up a man at knifepoint in the bathroom of Hawaiian Brian's Billiards on Tuesday and then returned a day later.

Bail was set at $25,000 for Moses Kawaa, who has no local address.

Kawaa allegedly fled the game room through a side exit after the crime, reported at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. He allegedly returned early Wednesday morning and was recognized by game room staff, who then called police.

He was caught on a nearby street, identified by the victim and charged at 4:46 a.m., police said.

Police seek man in store robbery

Police are seeking a male robbery suspect who allegedly used a knife yesterday to threaten a video-store clerk, who then scared him off by telling him he was being videotaped.

Police said the suspect entered Waikiki Video Sales & Rentals, 2139 Kuhio Ave., at 4:30 p.m. He then allegedly brandished the knife and demanded money but fled without any cash when the cashier told him he was on tape and was being watched by another employee in the back.

Arraignment follows Waikiki hotel theft

A 28-year-old Kaka'ako man who was seen scaling balconies between the 27th and 28th floors of a Waikiki hotel early Tuesday was arraigned this morning, charged with breaking into a guest's room on the 28th floor.

Police captured Duane Magallanes at 1:30 a.m. in a 27th-floor room at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. The room was registered to a guest with whom Magallanes was staying.

Magallanes allegedly stood on the balcony railing and pulled himself to the balcony above, police said. Items believed taken from the 28th-floor room were recovered at the arrest scene, police said.

2 men wounded in Puna shootings

Two shootings in the Puna area of the Big Island late Wednesday night left two men wounded, one critically.

Police said the shootings, one in the Kea'au area, the other in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision, appear to have been related.

A 55-year-old man was treated and released while a 32-year-old man was listed yesterday in critical condition at Hilo Medical Center. A nursing supervisor today did not release a condition update but said he was "stable."

Broken utility pole insulator repaired

About 1,700 customers in Nu'uanu were in the dark for almost two hours last night because an insulator on a utility pole broke and a power line came loose.

The detached line fell onto another line, so the break was difficult to spot, said Fred Kobashikawa, Hawaiian Electric Co. spokesman.

The break occurred at 7:38 p.m.; it was found on a Wyllie Street pole and repaired an hour and 49 minutes later, he said.

Suspects sought in theft from auto

Police are seeking suspects who broke into a parked vehicle on Oct. 17 at Kailua Beach Park and stole credit cards that were used at a nearby American Savings Bank ATM.

The break-in occurred at noon and two male suspects were caught on bank surveillance cameras using two different stolen credit cards at 12:18 p.m. at 200 Hamakua Drive.

The first thief is described as in his 30s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10, with a medium build. He wore a light-colored fisherman's hat and a plaid short-sleeved dress shirt.

The second thief is also in his 30s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10, medium build, wearing a light-colored fisherman's hat and dark-colored T-shirt.

Anyone with information about this case should call Detective John McCarthy at 261-6106. Anonymous calls can be made to CrimeStoppers 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.