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Suspect arrested in Iolani Palace vandalism

  • ROSEMARIE BERNARDO / RBERNARDO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A man was arrested after he allegedly broke the etched glass panes on three doors at ‘Iolani Palace.

State sheriffs arrested a 57-year-old man after he allegedly broke etched glass panes to three doors at Iolani Palace.

The vandalism occurred at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday on the mauka side of the palace.

Toni Schwartz, spokeswoman of the Department of Public Safety, said the suspect also damaged a glass door to the House chambers at the State Capitol rotunda.

State sheriffs arrested the 57-year-old man on suspicion of criminal property damage.

Pieces of wood covered the damaged glass panes at Iolani Palace which was closed today in observance of Memorial Day.

Three years ago, a 21-year-old woman was charged for damaging an etched glass pane at the front of the palace.

In April 2014, an Oahu grand jury indicted Drew Paahau, also known as Drew Paahao and Pua Paahao, with first-degree criminal property damage and second-degree burglary.

Surveillance cameras captured images of a woman kicking the door, causing the glass pane to shatter.

It also captured the woman and a 30-year-old man entering the palace’s Great Hall. Palace guards soon captured them after the break-in. The man who was with Paahau was not charged.

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