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Police: Maui man demanded cash from tourists

By Associated Press


WAILUKU >> A Maui man is accused of assaulting California tourists while trying to extort money from them.

Jesse Nakooka couldnt be reached at Maui Community Correctional Center Thursday, where hes being held on $25,000 bail. 

Police say he was arrested Sunday after the Riverside tourists reported he demanded cash to move a barbecue chicken stand blocking their vehicle. The visitors were returning from hiking at Twin Falls when they encountered Nakooka. Police say after they gave him $20, he demanded $20 per person. 

Deputy Prosecutor John Tam tells the Maui News when Nakooka didnt get more cash he hit one man with a rake, punched another man in the face and assaulted two women. 

Deputy Public Defender Aisha Hill says Nakooka operates the chicken stand to support his family.  

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olos73 wrote:
No Brains...How many chickens can he sell to prison guards?
on July 5,2012 | 09:05AM
Mikilai wrote:
on July 5,2012 | 12:47PM
Buido wrote:
Sounds more like he operates the chicken stand to support his drug habit !!!
on July 5,2012 | 12:47PM
olos73 wrote:
Friday's SA said he operated the chicken stand illegally. So, he doing illegal business AND extorting money from people, plus he assaulted them. Lock him up. Article also said he runs this stand to support his family and his wife doesn't drive, so, he has to transport his kids everywhere. Well, a lot of other people have only one driver in the family, but, they don't operate an illegal business and extorts/threatens people. Get a REAL job. Now, do you have enough money for bail? I hope your wife can sell a lot of chickens. I guess she'll have to catch the bus or cab to visit you in jail. Like I said earlier, NO BRAINS!
on July 6,2012 | 07:56AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Is he making his claim to the Aina as a Hawaiian since the U.S. stole the land from the Kingdom of Hawaii and he was just rightfully trying to collect his fee for the tourists to park there? LMAOROTF
on July 5,2012 | 01:12PM
sweetness613 wrote:
i don't think so, maybe another mainlander trying to get fast cash because the job he came for fell through
on July 5,2012 | 03:21PM
allie wrote:
Nobody stole anything except this man.
on July 6,2012 | 06:43AM
entrkn wrote:
Very very sleazy and he's probably been getting away with extortion and assault like this for a while with his friends and relatives at MPD winking and looking the other way... I wonder if the prosecutor's office and the judge will apologize and give him a key to Maui.
on July 5,2012 | 08:32PM
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