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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:07 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Prosecutor calls singer flight risk

District Judge Russel Nagata today ordered a local recording artist/songwriter accused of attempted murder to show him a return-trip airline ticket tomorrow if he plans to leave Hawai'i this weekend.

Aziel Al Toeaina, 25, who is free on $50,000 bail, asked Nagata today for permission to attend his mother's one-year memorial service in San Francisco. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scotty Hu, however, objected, saying Toeaina is a flight risk.

Toeaina showed the judge a one-way airline ticket and was ordered to produce the return-trip ticket in court tomorrow.

Nagata today also issued an order prohibiting Toeaina from having any contact with Tupu Alualu, a former St. Louis School and University of Hawai'i football player. Hu said Toeaina allegedly fired two shots at Alualu's feet on May 16 in a parking-lot confrontation at Ala Moana Center before pointing the gun at Alualu's chest. The gun, however, misfired.

According to a police report filed at District Court, Alualu punched Toeaina after the gun misfired, causing him to fall and drop the weapon. The two men had argued earlier at a third-floor lounge at the shopping center.

The report noted that the Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic pistol allegedly used by Toeaina is registered to a soldier, formerly stationed at Schofield Barracks, but that the gun had not been reported stolen.

Toeaina's preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 5 in District Court.

Prison remains under lockdown

Halawa Correctional Facility was locked down for a second straight day today as law enforcement officers continued to search for contraband. Warden Clayton Frank said today's operation will focus on three medium-security modules and may be extended into tomorrow.

Yesterday, officials searched one module plus program-work and recreation areas, which included the gym, education center, chapel, library and industrial-arts building. An inmate was arrested on suspicion of possessing a drug-smoking pipe, Frank said.

"We didn't find anything significant, which doesn't surprise me," Frank said. "If there were illegal substances, they were flushed down the toilet." Frank said no physical defects were found in any of the cells searched yesterday.

Man accused of sex assault

Authorities yesterday charged 22-year-old Keoni Grandy with first-degree sex assault involving a 13-year-old girl. The alleged assault occurred Thursday at He'eia Harbor. Grandy is being held in lieu of $11,000 bail.