Visitor from Maui assaulted, robbed in Kapahulu

Gary Alapai
Gary Alapai

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A visitor to Oahu was assaulted and robbed after he left a nightclub in Waikiki early Wednesday morning. Police are still looking for suspects.

The victim is a Maui resident. Investigators say the suspects bashed him with a skateboard and a scooter before stealing his wallet.

Gary Alapai was delivering newspapers early Wednesday morning, when a pedestrian caught his eye.

"Kind of looked like he was a little bit wasted but he knew where he was going, and I was going to ask him if he needed a ride home," Alapai said.

Police say that man, a 26-year-old Maui resident, had left Fusion nightclub on Kuhio Avenue and was heading to his hotel room, when six to eight males in their late teens started following him. Alapai says he noticed three of them.

"I figured, oh, I wonder if they're going to go up to that guy who was drunk or wasted or something," he said. "But that's alright, they're kinda little bit behind. They're probably just cruising anyway."

The visitor reportedly lost his way and ended up walking into a neighborhood off Kapahulu Avenue where he was attacked with a skateboard and a scooter. Alapai didn't see the actual assault.

"I saw the scooter and I wanted to make sure so I went back up and I talked to the guy, 'So where did the fight happen?' He said, 'Oh, right down the street,' and I said, 'Okay, the scooter is there,'" Alapai said. "And the police had arrived and I showed the police where the guy was."

The suspects fled before officers arrived.

"It makes me feel kind of bad," Alapai said.

Police did recover the scooter as evidence.

The victim was taken to the Queen's Medical Center, where he was treated and released.