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Posted at 12:21 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Man injured in diesel fuel spill

A collision today between a private rubbish truck and tractor-trailer at Campbell Industrial Park caused about 50 gallons of fuel to be spilled on the roadway at Kalaeloa Boulevard and Makakole Street.

One man was taken to The Queen's Medical Center, where he is in guarded condition, and two others were treated at the scene of the 9:17 a.m. collision between a Horizon rubbish truck and Hawaii Transfer tractor-trailer. Traffic was diverted while the diesel spill at was cleaned up by a private contractor.

Man who stole car, injured 3 sought

Police are looking for a man who stole a woman's car early today and injured three people at a Waikiki hotel while fleeing from the scene.

The 12:35 a.m. incident at Ohana Waikiki West hotel on Kuhio Avenue is being investigated as an attempted murder and first-degree robbery. The stolen car is a two-door, gray 2001 Mercury with the license plate JJJ 964.

According to police, the registered owner of the car, a 21-year-old woman, agreed to help a man who needed a ride although they were not acquainted. While loading personal items into the car, the man and several hotel security officers became involved in a physical confrontation.

The man then got into the woman's car and drove it in reverse to flee the scene. In the process, he allegedly drove over the woman's foot and struck two male security officers, ages 26 and 21. The woman and the younger security officer were listed in fair condition today at The Queen's Medical Center. The other security officer was treated for minor injuries at Queen's and released.

Man arrested in stabbing of bicyclist

Police yesterday arrested an 18-year-old man accused of stabbing a male bicyclist during a traffic-related confrontation on the 2100 block of Makiki Heights Drive.

The bicyclist, 31, was treated for minor stab wounds at The Queen's Medical Center.

Police said the confrontation occurred following a near collision between the bicyclist and a car at about 4:45 pm. The arrested man was a passenger in the car.

Hotel guest accused of setting two fires

Police arrested a 51-year-old Waialua man yesterday who is suspected of setting two fires and damaging a bathroom at the Aston Waikiki Grand Hotel. The man was still in custody this morning as police sought to charge him on two felony counts on second-degree criminal property damage and misdemeanor third-degree property damage.

Hotel contract employees working in the basement parking lot yesterday at about 7:10 a.m. saw the man set a trash-bin fire and reported the incident to hotel management. Hotel security caught the fleeing suspect in the Honolulu Zoo parking lot and held him for police.

The man was a registered guest at the hotel. Security checked his third-floor room and discovered $1,000 damage to the bathroom floor and evidence of a trash-can fire on the lanai. The two fires did not cause any major property damage.