Man arrested for robbing Waikiki tourists

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with an early morning robbery in Waikiki.

Detectives say the man approached three visitors from California outside the popular nightclub, Fusions Waikiki, on Kuhio Avenue around 4 am.

The club's manager, Pat Miller, said the visitors reported that they were robbed of items like cameras, wallets and cell phones in the alley near the stairs exiting the front of the club. Police say the victims managed to get their stuff back from the suspect.

Miller tells Hawaii News Now that he believes four men were originally involved in the incident, and that he confronted two of them following the robbery. In fact, Miller says one suspect admitted to stealing one of the victim's cameras.

Miller says he stalled the suspect and another man with him, who both ran when police arrived. Cops quickly tracked them down nearby.

Miller credits other pedestrians and employees at the Waikiki Sandbar located below Fusions, for also assisting in the identification and apprehension of the suspects. However, police only arrested one suspect and later booked him on three counts of second degree Robbery. They released the other man.

Police say the victims are 23, 28, and 32 years old. Miller says they told him they came to Hawaii for the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championships held this past weekend. They victimswere not seriously hurt.