Moped death puts fatalities at 10
The number of traffic deaths on Maui County roads has increased to 10, following the death last month of a Wailea man injured in a moped crash in June, police said.
Sirius Frazao Pereira, 36, was hospitalized after the moped he was operating drifted off the road and hit a parked trailer on the eastbound shoulder of Mapu Place in Wailea at 7:58 p.m. June 20, police said. He had been traveling east on Mapu Place.
He was originally transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition before emergency room physicians downgraded his condition to stable, police said. He died at 11:40 a.m. July 4 of injuries sustained in the crash, police said.
Police said drugs and alcohol were determined to be contributing factors to the crash.
At this time last year, 15 people had died in traffic collisions on Maui County roads.
Arrest in robbery at Kihei Longs
A 36-year-old homeless man was arrested Thursday morning in Kihei as a suspect in the robbery of the Longs Drugs pharmacy in the Lipoa Center, police said.
Kihei patrol officers arrested the suspect at 9:30 a.m., said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the suspect hadn't been charged Thursday morning, as detectives continued to investigate.
The robbery occurred at 9:28 a.m. Wednesday when a man walked into the store and demanded oxycontin from the pharmacist, police said. The robber said he had a weapon, although he didn't brandish one.
After being given the drugs, the robber left the store, fleeing on a moped. The arrested man matched the description of the robber, Loo said.
Bail at $52K in alleged ramming
Bail was set at $52,000 for a Haiku man who was arrested Tuesday for twice ramming his girlfriend's car while the woman and their infant daughter were inside, police said.
Paul Marrs-Ordinez, 29, was charged with two counts each of first-degree criminal property damage and first-degree terroristic threatening, as well as driving while his license was suspended or revoked.
Police said Marrs-Ordinez and his girlfriend were having relationship issues when he used his Toyota pickup truck to ram her car at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday on Haiku Road. After managing to lose Marrs-Ordinez in traffic, the woman called police.
Marrs-Ordinez was arrested five minutes later off Hana Highway in Haiku, police said.
The woman and the couple's 11-month-old child weren't injured, police said.