Update 4 p.m.: Fugitive in unit at Hale Makana O Wai’ale surrenders
A wanted fugitive holed up in a unit at Hale Makana O Wai’ale in Wailuku that caused the evacuation of three two-story building complexes surrendered peacefully to police Wednesday afternoon.
At about 2:30 p.m., the police Special Response Team approached the unit, and the man voluntarily surrendered, police said.
There were no reports of injuries to the suspect or officers, police said.
Police were not identifying the man Wednesday afternoon. Monique Yamashita, executive director of neighboring Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center, which manages the apartment complex, said that the man was not a tenant at Hale Makana or Ka Hale A Ke Ola.
Police had evacuated the areas surrounding the units and put up barricades at the affordable housing complex. The public was advised to avoid the area if possible.
At about 11:45 a.m., Wailuku patrol officers learned of the possible location of a wanted fugitive operating a stolen vehicle in the area of the affordable rental complex, police said.
The vehicle was found, and police learned that the fugitive was in one of the units in the housing complex, police said.
A man in handcuffs was seen being led away from Hale Makana earlier at about 12:30 p.m.
Yamashita said that the evacuation involved three two-story building complexes, about 75 units, at Hale Makana and two buildings on the adjacent Ka Hale A Ke Ola in the line of sight.
The tenants were taken to the Hale Makana community center and served refreshments. Assistant Chief Victor Ramos offered to request the services of the Red Cross had the standoff lasted longer, Yamashita said.
“The Police Department was amazing,” said Yamashita, who rushed over from the Maui Beach Hotel where the Landlord Summit was going on. “We are so thankful for them.
“I applaud them. It was quick and everyone was safe.”