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Manoa harassment suspect released

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 01:56 p.m. HST, Feb 25, 2014

A 22-year-old homeless man, who Manoa residents want off the street for harassing people, was freed by a judge Monday while awaiting trial for challenging people to a fight this weekend.

Yama Fazzari was arrested Saturday for trying to pick a fight with people at Manoa Valley District Park. His District Court trial was set for 8:30 a.m. April 21.

Manoa Valley Neighborhood Security Watch members said that since early February Fazzari has been harassing residents near the Manoa Marketplace and other areas.

During a District Court hearing Monday afternoon Fazzari entered a plea of not guilty on a charge of harassment -- a petty misdemeanor -- stemming from Saturday night's incident. The maximum penalty for petty misdemeanor is six months in jail.

Over the objections of a deputy city prosecutor, Fazzari was granted supervised release while awaiting trial. 

In asking for Fazzari's supervised release, the suspect's deputy defender said he has a full-time job at Domino's Pizza and is a student at Kapiolani Community College.

Fazzari also was ordered to stay away from Manoa Valley District Park.

The court also rejected a request that Fazzari undergo substance abuse assessment and treatment, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

Fazzari's conviction record includes three petty misdemeanors and misdemeanors for third degree assault, second-degree assault and terroristic threatening as well two violations for disorderly conduct. His last convictions was 2011 for disorderly conduct, third-degree assault and second-degree terroristic threatening.

Manoa Neighborhood Security Watch members say a man fitting Fazzari's description has been harassing residents.

On Feb. 7, according to the neighborhood watch, the suspect allegedly attacked a man three times on East Manoa Road.

On Wednesday. a man fitting Fazzari's description followed a couple, who had given a ride to a female UH student to protect her from the man, to the Manoa Market Place. When the couple stopped behind a vehicle and the man got out, yelled at the driver's side window and banged on the car's hood. However, the suspect fled before police arrived.

However, police have said despite numerous reports posted by the Manoa security watch on its website, only two people have filed police reports. 

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livinginhawaii wrote:
Unreal that the SA finally disclosed a criminal's place of employment. I had been asking for this for a long time because it can be a public safety issue.
on February 25,2014 | 11:17AM
whatzupwitdat wrote:
on February 25,2014 | 11:21AM
PokeStop wrote:
Charles Bronson will be looking for him!
on February 25,2014 | 02:07PM
gsc wrote:
What a JOKE .... It's time for people to be able to carry Firearms Legally....
on February 25,2014 | 11:29AM
So, they allow firearms, they shoot the guy, and now the people being harrassed will now have to arrested for murder. Does it even make any sense?
on February 25,2014 | 02:33PM
islandboy1562 wrote:
Gotta stay away from all Domino's Pizza, hope he isn't the one making the pizza, you don't know what he'll do if you complain about the pizza. Also didn't know Manoa had a District Court in the Manoa Park Complex?
on February 25,2014 | 11:30AM
NotNasti wrote:
This guy uses the YMCA to shower, etc. He has been harassing people at both the Nuuanu and Central YMCA. I know this because he tried to pick a fight with me. He eventually walked away and I just wrote him off as a nut job. When I brought this to the attention of the YMCA yesterday, they told me that he was banned from both Y's after receiving complaints about him harassing club members. He is a paranoid schizophrenic, and needs a fitness (psych) evaluation in addition to a substance abuse assessment.
on February 25,2014 | 12:38PM
bluespop wrote:
Have him stay with the judge or deputy public defender that promulgated his release. Barring that, drop him off in Nalo, the West Side or Kalihi. See how long he lasts there.
on February 25,2014 | 12:42PM
gsc wrote:
bluespop, I agree....
on February 25,2014 | 01:07PM
NotNasti wrote:
The public defender was just doing his job. The guy says "ask for my release." If he tells the guy "no," he could get suspended and at the very least, fired. I think this is one is on the judge.
on February 25,2014 | 01:55PM
toad103410 wrote:
Agree completely. Wonder what this judge or the one who gets this guy's new case will rule? What does he have to do? Injure or possibly kill someone before he is taken off the street?
on February 28,2014 | 01:16PM
paniolo wrote:
So, how much taxpayers money was spent for the judge to say, "Nah, let him go on supervised release." And, WHO is going to supervise him if he's homeless? Good luck finding him.
on February 25,2014 | 12:43PM
twitter6 wrote:
The article should read "he WAS employed at Domino's Pizza". Thanks to the court, this clown with a rap sheet is back on the streets. This guy has a history of violence but yet the court grants supervised release. Any subsequent incidents should be due to the court's wrong doing. Keep these guys locked up, what will it take?
on February 25,2014 | 01:02PM
PokeStop wrote:
Vigilante patrol being organized this evening to track this clown down! Bugga needs to be incarcerated at OCCC! No sense going to Dominos Pizza as they probably canned this clown already!
on February 25,2014 | 02:05PM
CAHAOLE wrote:
To release this "loose cannon" whose prior records indicate he is unable to live in an unstructured environment is both unacceptable & unbelievable. What was the public defender & or the judge thinking. ??????
on February 25,2014 | 02:43PM
Wpsinc wrote:
Wow, sounds like this guy belongs in Public Office - he'd probably win an election in Puna.
on February 25,2014 | 03:15PM
MC96816 wrote:
Geez, I was going to visit Popo's grave at Manoa Chinese Cemetery on Thursday, but maybe that's not such a good idea since the judge (Does he/she have a name? Does anyone edit these articles?) let this man go free. Did he have to post bail? Only two police reports filed? Isn't one enough? Stay on your toes, Manoa. Leave your porch lights on, don't go out alone, keep an eye out for your neighbors. Or maybe Mr. Fazzari will move on to Palolo, Kapahulu, Kaimuki .... Oy vey!!!
on February 25,2014 | 04:23PM
Oio wrote:
Okay, we got it: NO DOMINO'S PIZZA for awhile!! So wot? Seems to me this guy does weird things. Would NOT, NOT want him doing weird things to my pizza!
on February 25,2014 | 04:59PM
TrueCloud wrote:
Only two people filed complaints because they were afraid for their safety, aware that some mush-headed judge would let this violent psycho back out to prey on innocent citizens. Which is EXACTLY what happened. Who IS this judge that allowed this to happen?
on March 1,2014 | 05:15AM
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