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Honolulu police arrest 91 in connection with COVID-19 emergency violations

At least two of the individuals arrested were from out of town and were arrested for violating mandatory quarantine guidelines

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

HONOLULU — Honolulu police have issued 7,801 warnings and 3,010 citations to date for violations of the emergency order for the coronavirus outbreak.

Most of the citations were issued at closed parks.

Police also arrested a total of 91 people as of today. All of the arrests were connected to traffic or criminal offenses, according to police spokeswoman Sarah Yoro.

At least two of the arrestees do not live in the state. A 34-year-old woman from Las Vegas and a 33-year-old man from Sydney, Australia were arrested Tuesday morning for violating the emergency rules put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kimberly Kim Tien of Las Vegas and Edwin Htun were reported by a manager at the LayLow Waikiki Hotel after the manager was notified by an “irate” citizen that one of the visitors was posting on Instagram, showing her being out of her hotel room in violation of the state’s 14-day self-quarantine law for people arriving in Hawaii.

Special agents from the state Attorney General’s office interviewed staff at the hotel and obtained records that showed that the pair repeatedly left their hotel room from the day they arrived on April 15 through Monday.

The pair were arrested at 8:45 this morning and later returned to their hotel to complete their quarantine. Since one of the visitors is an Australian citizen, authorities notified the embassy of his arrest.

Violators of the stay-at-home, work-from home emergency order face a misdemeanor charge that carries penalties of up to a $5,000 fine and one year in jail.

To date, 48 HPD officers have been tested for the coronavirus. The three officers who had tested positive for COVID-19 have since returned to work after being cleared, Yoro said.

Forty-one HPD officers have tested negative and test results for four officers are pending.