Police investigation prompts panic at Queen Kaahumanu Center

Police investigation prompts panic at Queen Kaahumanu Center
Queen Kaahumanu Center (File Image) (Source: Hawaii News Now)

KAHULUI, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - A police investigation led to some tense moments at the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului Saturday night.

Shortly after 8 p.m., witnesses observed several officers walking through the complex with rifles.

Authorities said they were looking for a Wailea theft suspect.

Tenants and shoppers at the mall at the time say they had to be evacuated, however police said they did not order the evacuation.

According to a store manager Hawaii News Now talked to, an alert was sent out by the shopping center’s management at around 8:10 p.m. telling tenants to “remain calm.”

A second message was sent at around 8:30 p.m. instructing tenants “to begin closing procedures.”

Police said the theft suspect they were looking for has not been located.

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