Man arrested at tours operation

A 46-year-old Kahului man was arrested Wednesday night after damaging vehicles and assaulting an employee earlier this month at Mahalo Tours and Transportation in Kahului, police said.

The man, who was initially charged with second-degree assault, was released pending further investigation in this case but was held on a $50,000 warrant for drug and firearm charges in another case.

The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. July 9, when the man approached the 42-year-old employee asking for a cigarette in the parking lot of the company on South Puunene Avenue, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said that the employee denied the request and asked the man to leave, which led to a physical altercation.

As the employee was reportedly leaving the area on his moped he was struck by a rock in the back of his head, Rego said. He said the employee was wearing a helmet and was not seriously injured.

The following day, company officials found five of their vehicles with slashed tires and filed a criminal property damage report with police, Rego said. He said the company suspected the man who assaulted their employee to be the culprit and police arrested him at 8:48 p.m. on East Hawaii Street.

Along with the assault charge, police had initial charges of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.