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Man with bat attacks sandwich shop workers in Kailua

(image: Sean Pierce) (image: Sean Pierce)
(image: Tom Solie) (image: Tom Solie)
(image: Tom Solie) (image: Tom Solie)
(image: Tom Solie) (image: Tom Solie)
KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Workers at a sandwich shop in Kailua were attacked by a group of men Tuesday, including with one wielding a baseball bat.

"They broke tip jars, they broke the iPad. They were whacking the bat around, dented the tables, swinging it at employees, putting the bat in their face," said Tim Solie, co-owner of the shop.

Solie said the incident began when a customer was trying to turn down the driveway to park behind the store and almost hit a bicyclist who was riding down the sidewalk. He said the bicyclist got agitated when the workers went outside to see what was going on.

"He's running down the street, ‘I'll be back, I'm gonna get you. I'm gonna bring my family.’ That's when it all escalated and then they came in and started destroying the place," Solie said.

Solie said the man who was riding the bicycle came back holding the aluminum baseball bat with five other individuals.

"Just came into the store, pushed the bread rack off, started taking a baseball bat to our cash register, our tip jar, just started throwing everything around like maniacs," said employee Sean Pierce.

During the scuffle, Solie said he and his father got hit with the baseball bat and another man punched his father in the face before the cops showed up.

Kaipo Tuupoina, 36, was arrested for terroristic threatening, criminal property damage and two assault charges.

"You never want to see somebody get arrested but then again you don't want somebody coming into your place of work brandishing a baseball bat and pointing it three inches from your chin either," employee Drew Spriggs said.

Solie said other people were arrested after police arrived. No one suffered any major injuries.

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