Police arrest man identified as ‘person of interest’ in hotel fires

Police arrest man identified as ‘person of interest’ in hotel fires investigation

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have arrested a man who may be linked to a string of intentionally-set fires at Waikiki hotels.

He was previously identified as a person of interest in the investigation after surveillance cameras captured him at the Alohilani Resort, the Waikiki Beachcomber, and the Grand Waikikian last week.

(Image: Police mug)
(Image: Police mug)

Authorities believe the fires were diversions to break into rooms.

In police records, the man was identified as 36-year-old Adrian Cook.

Cook was taken into custody Tuesday in Kaimuki, but not for arson. Instead, it was in connection with a burglary warrant.

Rick Egged, Waikiki Improvement Association president, said people have been on edge in Waikiki in the wake of the fires.

“Of course this was a matter of grave concern," he said. “It created a situation where everybody was on edge until this situation could get resolved. Of course at this point, we only know that this is a suspect.”

HFD said damage at the three hotels was estimated at nearly $1.8 million.

Cook’s bail was set at $50,000.

This story will be updated.

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