LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Police Department is looking for two male suspects involved in an assault early Sunday morning outside a Lihu‘e bar that sent two other men to the hospital.
“We are becoming increasingly concerned about acts of violence of this nature,” Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl Perry said in a county news release Monday. “We are looking to the public to assist us in solving these cases so that we may bring the responsible parties to justice.”
Officers were called to the parking lot outside of Rob’s Good Times Grill at about 2 a.m. Sunday. According to witnesses, two male victims had just left the bar and were waiting for a taxi outside when they were punched in the face by two male suspects, the release states.
The two injured men are U.S. Navy servicemen stationed here for the weekend. A 30-year-old male from Honolulu sustained fractures and lacerations to his face. The other, a 24-year-old North Carolina man, sustained a nose fracture. Both men were transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.
The male suspects are described as being between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall. They are of thin to medium build with a dark complexion.
The suspects fled the scene in a van, the release states. There is no further description of the vehicle at this time.
Employees at Rob’s Good Times Grill said they have a policy that if a fight begins in the bar they hold one party there and make the other party leave. But in this instance, they said the fight must have started outside because there were no problems reported at the bar Saturday evening.
The reportedly unprovoked attack comes on the heels of other violent crimes and thefts in the Lihu‘e area this month. Two males, including a teen, were hospitalized after a July 14 brawl involving roughly 20 males in the parking lot of Anchor Cove Shopping Center in Nawiliwili. Roughly half an hour later, a cruise ship passenger was returning to the boat when he was allegedly robbed at gunpoint. Then on July 21, a visitor was allegedly assaulted and then robbed.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives are following up on any and all leads. Police are asking witnesses to please step forward.
Anyone with information is urged to call Capt. Kaleo Perez at 241-1692, Police Dispatch at 241-1711 or Crimestoppers at 241-1887.
Crimestoppers offers cash rewards up to $1,000 to anyone furnishing anonymous information that leads to an arrest.