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Maui man dies in motorcycle crash

A 46-year-old Kihei man died in a motorcycle crash in Paia over the weekend.

He was identified as Christopher Andricopoulos.

Shortly after 11:45 a.m. Sunday, police said, Andricopoulos was traveling south on Hana Highway on a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle when he suddenly braked behind a 2001 Nissan pickup truck stopped in traffic near Lae Place.

Andricopoulos was thrown from his motorcycle and struck the rear of the truck. Police said he died while being transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Police said the truck driver was uninjured.

This is the fourth traffic-related fatality in Maui County compared with eight at the same time last year.

Theft of expensive backpack spurs arrest

Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he allegedly stole a pricey backpack from Ala Moana Center.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday, police said, the suspect made off with a $2,500 backpack from a retail store. The suspect and a store employee got into a scuffle as the employee detained him until police arrived.

Police said the employee sustained minor injuries and declined treatment.

Police arrested the 19-year-old man on suspicion of second-degree theft, third-degree assault and an outstanding warrant. He was released pending further investigation.

Man charged with abuse in front of kids

A 34-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly struck his girlfriend with a fishing pole in Nanakuli.

Jesse James Rodriguez was charged Saturday with two counts of abuse of a family or household member in the presence of a minor younger than 14. He’s in custody in lieu of $40,000 bail.

At about 7:15 p.m. Friday, police said, the suspect later identified as Rodriguez and his girlfriend, 30, got into an argument while fishing with their five children at “Puka Pants” beach, according to a court document. Rodriguez then allegedly struck her back with a fishing pole while their children — ages 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9 — stood about 10 feet away.

The couple continued to argue as they gathered their personal belongings and put their children inside their vehicle.

While Rodriguez was driving with the victim seated in the front passenger seat, police said, he struck her twice in the chest with his fist and once in the mouth with the back of his hand as their children sat in the vehicle’s rear passenger seat.

The court document said he grabbed the 34-year-old woman’s shirt, causing it to rip as she opened the door to get away from him. Police said she managed to safely get out of the vehicle and report the assault to police.

Just after 8:50 p.m. that night, police arrested Rodriguez at the couple’s Heleuma Street residence.

Break-in results in sex assault charge

A 25-year-old man has been charged with allegedly entering a Waikiki apartment and exposing himself to a 23-year-old woman.

Kevin S. Ogino was charged with second-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling and fourth-degree sexual assault. His bail was set at $100,000.

Police said that at about 3 a.m. Saturday at an apartment building on Pau Street, a woman reported a suspect later identified as Ogino entered her bedroom through an unlocked screen door and exposed himself. Police arrested Ogino nearby shortly afterward.

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