KAHALA (KHNL) - Police said a graffiti arrest at Kahala Mall over the weekend nearly turned into a deadly traffic collision when the suspect almost ran over a security guard.
Mall security cameras recorded the whole thing. An off duty security guard spotted the suspect on the upper parking level near Barnes & Noble. When security officers responded, the suspect tried to drive off, nearly colliding with a guard driving a security cart.
"I don't know how he missed our officers but he missed them by a couple of inches, almost rammed them," said Mel De Costa, Kahala Mall security director.
Investigators say the suspect drove down an exit ramp on to Waialae Avenue. He took a right on Kilauea Avenue but police caught up to him a few blocks down the road.
Police arrested 19-year-old Christopher Kaeck. He faces one charge of criminal property damage and one charge of reckless endangerment.
"He endangered people's lives, the suspect endangered people's lives in an attempt to get away from what. Would it have been worth it?" said Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police spokesman.
Mall security officers found graffiti over two sections of wall. Police say they've seen similar marks before.
"Talking to the officers they've seen his tag in different parts of the island so we're very glad we arrested this person," Fujii said.
After a quick paint job the wall looks clean, but mall security expects more trouble.