Man threatening to stab employees hurts eatery manager

The Maui News

The manager of a Taco Bell in Kihei suffered multiple minor injuries Sunday evening that were inflicted by a man who yelled and threatened to stab employees, police said.

Francisco Saenz, 31, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Saenz gave no local address and his bail was set at $4,900.

The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. when Saenz entered the fast-food eatery at 1280 S. Kihei Road, police said. He then became belligerent and started yelling at employees.

The 33-year-old manager asked Saenz to leave, but he refused, police said. The manager then grabbed Saenz’s belongings and tossed it outside. Saenz responded by taking out a “dangerous instrument” and striking the manager with it before leaving, police said.

Saenz later returned and continued to yell at employees and threatened to stab them again, police said. He fled the restaurant after police were called and was arrested shortly after on South Kihei Road.

Saenz struggled with officers and attempted to assault them during his arrest, police said. No officers were injured.