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Man is jailed after allegedly strong-arming tourists

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:14 p.m. HST, Jul 06, 2012

A Maui man is accused of assaulting California tourists and trying to extort money from them to move his barbecue chicken stand blocking their vehicle, police said.

Jesse Nakooka couldn't be reached Thursday at Maui Community Correctional Center, where he's being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

He was arrested Sunday after the tourists from Riverside, Calif., reported he demanded cash to move a barbecue chicken stand blocking their vehicle when they got back from hiking at Twin Falls off Hana Highway, police said. After they gave him $20, he demanded $20 per person, police said.

When Nakooka didn't get more cash, he hit one man with a rake, punched another man in the face and assaulted two women, said Deputy Prosecutor John Tam. He used the rake to hit the man in the chest and arm with such force that the rake handle broke, Tam said.

The tourists drove to the Paia Fire Station to report the assault. Nako­oka told police he used the rake after almost getting hit by a car. Police recovered the broken metal rake and wooden handle, along with 11 $20 bills, from Nako­oka.

"This was entirely at random," Tam said. "The allegations involve the defendant being a danger to the community, accosting some unsuspecting tourists and demanding money from them."

Nakooka, 36, of Wai­ehu, is charged with attempted second-degree extortion, second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of harassment and false reporting to law enforcement, the Maui News reported.

He operates the chicken stand to support his wife and children, ages 1 to 4, Deputy Public Defender Aisha Hill said. Nako­oka's wife doesn't drive, and he has to take the children to doctor and dentist appointments, Hill said, arguing for him to be granted supervised release.

Tam said Nakooka's chicken stand is illegal.

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McGarret wrote:
The good people of the Valley Isle should throw the book at this knuckle-dragger.
on July 6,2012 | 02:12AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Racism is alive and well in our fine state.
on July 6,2012 | 05:02AM
allie wrote:
tgrue...too many racial preferences and shibai histories of victimization. Gets old
on July 6,2012 | 02:03PM
false wrote:
Crooks are alive and well anywhere. Lock this idio t up and leave him there. What rock did he crawl out from? Send him back.
on July 6,2012 | 06:09AM
soundofreason wrote:
"He operates the chicken stand to support his wife and children, ages 1 to 4" >> I'm sure he's been reporting the income from this chickenstand right? Tax evasion - Lock 'em up. Otherwise he just continues to make more babies.
on July 6,2012 | 07:37AM
olos73 wrote:
Sorry Public Defender Hill, but, no supervised release for him. Too bad he gotta take the kids to appointments because his wife doesn't drive. Should've thought about that before extorting and assaulting people. Besides, I read a report that he is operating the chicken stand illegally. Your wife can take the bus or cab to take the kids to their appointments. That's not a valid excuse. Everybody else gotta find a way to take care of their family. Get a legit job like everybody else. So how you going pay for your bail now?
on July 6,2012 | 12:07PM
dhclinton wrote:
what a leach on society....ten bucks says hes on welfare-food stamps-federal housing-free medical. all he needs is free booze and he would be in heaven. running, im sure, an unhealthy food cart, extorting money from hawaiis number one source of income, THE TOURIST. throw the key away on this blood sucking leach on society
on July 6,2012 | 08:14AM
Peacenik wrote:
Pua ting, gotta take children to dentist and doctor cuz wife don't drive. Guess they should just let him go scot free, with a naughty naughty, finger shake. Lucky ting tourist didn't have gun like Deedy. But then the braddahs going to make him out to be a martyr. (Pua braddah, trying to support wife and kids, but bully tourist wen shoot him for trying to making one honest living).
on July 6,2012 | 09:18AM
Slow wrote:
I lived most of my life on Oahu, spent 6 months with family on Maui and now live Puna. To my surprise my wife (a Wailuku girl) and I found Maui to be more hostile and mokey than the other two islands. Maui has a terrific image but the reality is a population of ignorance and anger. Never saw so many over-sized trucks festooned with bumper stickers like "Born Here Not Flown Here," "Aloha Means Goodbye."
on July 6,2012 | 09:28AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
I'm from Oahu and most the guys I know from Maui is punks. I love my Maui braddah, but you guys are trouble makers, LOL!
on July 11,2012 | 04:52AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Maui no ka oi? not with people like chicken stand dude.
on July 6,2012 | 12:19PM
allie wrote:
He is a crook but so is OHA and the other racial shibai crew
on July 6,2012 | 02:00PM
mokebla wrote:
Racism is alive and well all over the USA and it started against whites and blacks, whites and Jews, whites and mexicans, white and indians, whites and Hawaiians or poly's as a whole. So peanutgallery and allie, every finger you're pointing you got three pointing back at you. Get a life, can't we all get along? No we can't cause we're human. Selah~
on July 6,2012 | 07:30PM
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on July 7,2012 | 07:24AM
Anonymous wrote:
I think there is more to this story than what has been told. It does not make any sense that a man who peddles to the tourists would attack the people who provide him with his income. All we are told is the " tourists" side of the story since Mr. Nakooka is in jail. I'll bet the other side of the story is pretty interesting.
on July 7,2012 | 07:32AM
redassbaboon wrote:
what a loser !!!!!!!!!..........
on July 8,2012 | 07:45PM
bumba wrote:
What an embarrassment.
on July 10,2012 | 07:30AM
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