Owner of Sushi Catering Business Gets into Brawl With Burglar

Robbery Suspect
Robbery Suspect
Kevin Higa
Kevin Higa

KAIMUKI (KHNL) -- A masked man breaks into a sushi catering business and gets into a brawl with its owner. You could help identify the suspect, who managed to run away before police arrived.

Kevin Higa has been in business for 22 years, seven years at his current location on Waialae Avenue. He says this is the first time his company has been burglarized.

Workers at a catering company in Kaimuki are used to rolling sushi, not rolling around with burglars. But that's what Higa had to do, when a man broke into Superb Sushi at about 4:30 in the morning, October 24th.

"I was just thinking I going hold this guy and I going contain him here," he said. "But I couldn't hold him."

Higa, who lives above the business, says he came downstairs when his security alarm sounded, and found a masked man going through a file cabinet in his office.

"Right before Halloween. Yeah, what kind of joke is this? And then he just, you know, rushed me," Higa said. "I got his mask off. I saw that face before. But I don't know where."

Higa worked with a police sketch artist on a drawing of the suspect.

He says the man, believed to be in his 20s, got away with about $1,400 in cash.

"My wife and kids right upstairs," he said. "And now she's very sensitive to every little noise."

Higa removed the wire fencing where the suspect entered the property, and replaced it with solid wood. He's also installing additional locks on his doors.

"I was thinking nobody is going to come rip off, break into a catering company," he said. "I mean, what are you going to steal? Fish or crab?"

Now, he knows -- a lot of dough.

If you have any information about this case, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.