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Three major police cases in three days have Windward Oahu residents on edge

Miracle Akau Miracle Akau
Scott Lee Scott Lee
A beach rental near Kualoa Ranch A beach rental near Kualoa Ranch
Mike Fuse (in orange) at his huli huli chicken truck Mike Fuse (in orange) at his huli huli chicken truck
HPD S.W.A.T. HPD S.W.A.T.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WINDWARD OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three high-profile criminal cases in three days have rocked some residents and business owners in Windward Oahu.

On Tuesday, there was a police manhunt for an armed robbery suspect in Maunawili. On Wednesday, there was a police standoff involving a home invasion suspect near Kualoa Ranch. Then on Thursday, there was a home invasion involving injuries near Koolau Golf Club in Kaneohe.

Crime scene tape surrounded a house where two masked intruders reportedly held up two female residents at gunpoint. Police say one of the victims was assaulted.

The home invasion in Kaneohe unfolded less than 24 hours after another home invasion on the Windward side, one that snarled traffic on Kamehameha Highway in front of Miracle Akau's home.

"Today, we're locking the doors and a little bit more aware of what's going on around, you know, people walking and so forth," Akau said.

In Wednesday's case, Scott Lee, 30, is accused of wielding a rifle and robbing a 41-year-old visitor from Alaska at a beach rental near Kualoa Ranch. The suspect allegedly stole two laptop computers, a cell phone, a camera bag and a diaper bag, before running out to the highway and trying to carjack passing motorists.

"Oh, it's bad," Akau said. "I mean, you know, you just don't know what to expect, kind of always walking in fear."

"Must have been about 10 cop cars...and then the SWAT team. There must have been five other trucks," Mike Fuse, owner of Mike's Huli Huli Chicken, recalled. "There was a lot of commotion in this area yesterday."

Fuse saw the police response from his food truck business in Kahaluu. He says the two home invasion cases have put many residents and business owners in Windward Oahu on edge.

"Things are definitely getting worse," he said. "Sometimes, you need to have more security or even dogs, yeah."

For the sake of his business, he hopes the crimes won't give the Windward side a bad rep.

"It happens all throughout the whole island -- Kalihi to the North Shore to the west side to Kahaluu," Fuse said. "Like I said, things are getting worse and it's everywhere."

 

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