Man flees police

A brief manhunt ensued yesterday near the Moloa‘a fruit stand when police attempted to apprehend two brothers with arrest warrants for failing to appear in court.

The two had outstanding bench warrants, said acting Police Chief Clayton Arinaga — serious enough charges for arrests — while one worsened his charges by fleeing police.

Arrested was Joshua Smazik, 26, of Kilauea. “His brother ran away, and got away into the brush,” said county spokesperson Mary Daubert.

The brother who escaped, Noah Smazik, 24, will now have charges tacked onto those he was suspected of, authorities said. The brothers were with a 16-year-old who was wanted by police as well. He was arrested and released to his parents.

“The police got a tip that these two were in the area and they were spotted around 2:30 p.m.,” Daubert said.

Lt. Ale Quibilan said the three were on foot when officers approached, and Noah Smazik ran across Kuhio Highway and escaped through a pasture. He is described as 6 foot, 1 inch tall at 170 pounds. He has dark brown hair, blue eyes and a slim build. Quibilan said North Shore officers consider him dangerous. “He is wanted by several area farmers for theft type crimes,” Quibilan said.

Joshua Smazik is being held in lieu of $16,150 bail.

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