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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, July 25, 2003

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Help sought in finding bank robber

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who robbed the Waipahu branch of Bank of Hawaii yesterday afternoon.

At about 2 p.m. the suspect passed a note to a teller demanding money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash. He left the bank at 98-712 Farrington Highway and ran in the Wai'anae direction on the highway.

The robber is described as in his early 30s, 5 feet 11, 200 pounds, with a medium build. Police said he had black hair, a mustache, and wore black, oversized sunglasses, a dark-blue baseball cap, yellow shirt and a black shoulder bag.

Call Detective Taro Nakamura at 529-3382, CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on a cellular phone.

Burglary suspect tied to break-ins

An 18-year-old man awaiting trial for two burglaries and believed to be involved in as many as 15 break-ins this year in the Kapi'olani-Ala Moana business district was charged earlier this week with burglarizing a Waikiki office.

David Acasia was arrested Tuesday at the O'ahu Community Correctional Center and charged yesterday with the May 31-June 1 burglary of Nippon Express Hawai'i Inc., at 2270 Kalakaua Ave., after being identified from fingerprints, police said. Acasia will be tried Sept. 15 for a Pi'ikoi Street burglary in which he allegedly entered a business office through a hole drilled in the wall.

Acasia and Walter Cutsinger, 40, are awaiting trial for a May 10 break-in at 1585 Kapi'olani Blvd.

Man charged with sex assault

A 26-year-old Waipahu man was charged yesterday with 37 counts of sexual assault of a 9-year-old boy. Douglas I. Faataitai of Waikele Road was being held yesterday on $100,000 bail. He was charged with 26 counts of first-degree sexual assault and 11 counts of third-degree sexual assault.

Faataitai is accused of molesting the boy over a period of time before June 16. He was arrested at his home Tuesday. Police described Faataitai as a friend of the boy's family.

Man arrested in carjacking, holdup

Armed robbery charges are pending against a 19-year-old man for an October 2002 carjacking and March 2003 holdup of two juveniles at a Kalihi-area park.

Police charged a second suspect, 23-year-old Peter Faualo, with first-degree robbery for the March 7 incident on Friday. Faualo's bail is $50,000.

The 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday on the 2300 block of North School Street. In addition to the park holdup, police are seeking to charge the man with stealing a 1992 Honda Civic at gunpoint from a 25-year-old woman last Oct. 27 on Nalanieha Street.