Visitor arrested for violating quarantine

  • 62-year-old Dwight Anthony Tucker of Tampa, Florida

LIHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department arrested 62-year-old Dwight Anthony Tucker of Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine order.

He arrived on Kaua‘i on Monday and checked into the ISO hotel in Kapa‘a.

Tucker was stopped in Hanalei around noon on Tuesday. He was subsequently arrested for disregarding Gov. David Ige’s statewide order that requires all visitors who arrive on or after March 26 to self-quarantine at their place of accommodation.

He was booked at KPD cellblock for a misdemeanor and posted bail for $100. His court date is set for May 27.

He was not displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Still, officers followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health’s current safety measures while conducting the arrest.

According to a preliminary report, prior to arriving on Kaua‘i, the Florida resident also stopped in Georgia where he caught a flight to Washington and proceeded to catch a direct flight from there to Lihu‘e.

To date, KPD has issued seven criminal citations for misdemeanor offenses related to the COVID-19 curfew, which are punishable by fines of up to $5,000 and up to one year in jail.

Six citations pertained to curfew violations. One was due to a violation of the stay-at-home order and involved a non-essential cosmetic business that was still in operation.

“The public has been compliant for the most part regarding the curfew law, which we are grateful for. We have issued numerous warnings for the stay-at-home order but most people have been understanding and responsive,” said Capt. Rod Green.

8 Comments
  1. randy kansas April 1, 2020 4:33 am Reply

    wow these racist tactics will be bad for the Kauai economy for years to come….lost $$$ will never return;


    1. Matambok April 1, 2020 4:50 pm Reply

      Racist? race has nothing to do with it. Lack of ‘Common Sense’ and consideration towards others more like it . Individuals like this individual are potentially putting all residents at risk. Regardless of economics or the ever to popular Race Card being thrown into the mix. This selfish individual knowingly thumbed their nose to our laws and residents. What part of a 14 day quarantine does this individual not understand?


  2. Citizen April 1, 2020 4:43 am Reply

    So now he is out on bail and probably doing the same thing.


  3. Joe Public April 1, 2020 11:27 am Reply

    They should just stop all incoming flights, the prices are so low, dummies like this will fly cross country for a cheep flight to Hawaii and put those of us who are following the rules at risk


  4. WTF April 1, 2020 12:34 pm Reply

    SCREW THAT GUY! BLATANT DISREGARD! the judge will throw the book at him …


  5. curious dog April 1, 2020 7:06 pm Reply

    Make the hotels & car rental companies financially accountable & things will change. This egregious behavior has to be nipped in the bud NOW. The guy should have been forced into a 14-day quarantine in Kauai’s finest lock-up & given a ticket home at the end.

    Please, Mayor, do NOT let this happen again!!!!!


  6. ruthann jones April 1, 2020 7:44 pm Reply

    The only ‘wrong’ part of this story is letting this thug out on bail!!!


  7. BeReasonable April 4, 2020 10:05 pm Reply

    Not cool coming here and disobeying the quarantine, but there is no need to call him a “thug,” which is a racialized word.


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