Police arrest suspect in liquor store robbery

Police arrest suspect in liquor store robbery

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kaua'i police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for robbing a Kapa‘a liquor store and assaulting the store's owner on Monday afternoon.

Kawika Manaku, age 29 of Anahola, was arrested for first degree Robbery, Drug Paraphernalia, and Promotion of a Dangerous Drug in the third degree.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Monday at the Kapa‘a Liquor and Wine Co., located on Kuhio Highway. According to police, Manaku walked into the store and approached the 70-year-old male store owner with a metal rod in his hand. He then pushed the victim to the ground and began physically assaulting him before taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.

As Manaku was gathering his belongings, he noticed the store owner stand up from behind the register and pushed him back down to the ground before fleeing the store.

The victim suffered multiple lacerations to his face and head and was treated and released by medics at the scene.

Police obtained surveillance footage that helped them to identify Manaku as the suspect. He was then located and arrested at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, in an area known as Marine Camp near the Wailua Golf Course.

Manaku remains in police custody in lieu of $100,000 bail and is expected to be charged and arraigned in District Court later this week.

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