Man arrested for allegedly breaking into hotel room

Police arrested a former guest who returned to a Kahului hotel, allegedly broke into a room and left the faucet running in a stopped-up sink.

Brian Vess, 28, of Denver was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal property damage and first-degree criminal trespassing.

According to a declaration filed in court to support the charges, Vess had been issued a trespass notice before returning to the Maui Beach Hotel with a knife Wednesday. After water was reported to be leaking from an unoccupied second-floor room into the room below it, Vess was found lying in bed in the upstairs room, according to police.

The sink was stopped-up and the faucet was running in the room.

Hotel security reported that Vess broke the outside window of a downstairs guest room before climbing up the balcony to enter the unoccupied room through a sliding glass door. Property damage from the overflowing water and broken window was estimated at more than $1,500, police said.

When he was found in the room, Vess ran and dropped a knife in the hallway, according to police.

He was arrested at 6:41 a.m. Wednesday in the hotel lobby.

Police set his bail at $6,100.

He was released on supervision Thursday when he appeared by videoconference from the Maui Police Department for his initial appearance in Wailuku District Court.

Vess was ordered to return to court Monday for a preliminary hearing.


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