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Whiskey thief punches and bites security, police say

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A 44-year-old man is awaiting a court appearance today after he assaulted a security guard while trying to steal $200 worth of whiskey from a store at Ala Moana Center, police said.

Shane Tanioka was charged with second-degree robbery on Friday. His bail was set at $15,000, and he had a preliminary hearing scheduled for today.

Tanioka placed two bottles of Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, worth $99.99 each, into a black duffel bag at Foodland Farms and walked out of the store at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, a police affidavit said.

A security officer saw Tanioka place the two 750 ml bottles into the bag and tried to stop him outside.

Tanioka punched the security guard in the forehead and bit the man’s inner forearm, breaking his skin, police said.

Tanioka was detained after a brief struggle.

Police said the employee received treatment at a hospital for minor injuries.

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