Hanalei man found guilty in lunch wagon robbery

HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hanalei man was convicted on Wednesday of robbing a female lunch wagon worker and using a knife to threaten a Good Samaritan who came to her aid during the incident.

William "Dukie" Kepia Puulei, 52, was found guilty of several charges, including second degree robbery and terroristic threatening, following an incident on October 13, 2011 near the dry cave area at Ha'ena Beach Park.

According to police, Puulei threatened a worker at the lunch wagon, described as being petite and five foot tall, as he attempted to steal food. When a vacationing fireman from Washington came to the victim's aid, Puulei removed a knife from its sheath and reportedly told him, "This is not your business. Get back in your tourist car and leave my island. This is a local issue."

As he was announcing his verdict, Judge Randal Valenciano likened Puulei's actions to a "shakedown." Sentencing is scheduled for July 26, 2012.

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