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Maui Police Respond to Barricade Incident at Harbor Lights

February 12, 2019, 7:39 AM HST
* Updated February 13, 7:23 AM
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By Wendy Osher

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Update: 12:15 p.m. 2.12.19

A barricade situation on Maui ended peacefully this morning after police arrested a man at the Harbor Lights condominium complex in Kahului.  Police tell us the situation started at around 11 p.m. on Monday night, when a female reported a male acquaintance had allegedly assaulted her while in her apartment. (more below photos)

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Police attempted to make contact with the man, but say he barricaded himself within and refused to respond to police attempts to communicate.  This morning at around 7:45 a.m., police negotiators were able to talk the man down from the apartment and arrested him in the back parking lot of the complex.

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Police say 49-year-old Michael Soriano surrendered without further incident and was arrested for abuse of family/household member and kidnapping.

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During the incident a text notification was issued to students at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College campus, which shares a fence-line with the condominium property at the south west corner of the complex.

Police say there was no active shooter, but a campus lockdown was implemented  by the university as a precaution.  The college temporarily closed the Cooperative Extension Building, Community Service Building and RDP Building until an all-clear was given at 8:10 a.m.

Maui Police Lieutenant Gregg Okamoto tells us the Department appreciates the cooperation and patience of  residents at the Harbor Lights Apartments.

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Update: 7:54 a.m. 2.12.19

Police are at the Harbor Lights Condominium complex investigating a male who just surrendered to officers. The situation has been resolved and a male is in custody, according to Maui Police.

Sources tell us that the situation started as a civil matter and escalated when security and police responded.

The University of Hawai’i Maui College Campus had issued a notification to students during the incident, but has since lifted the advisory.  Maui police say there was no active shooter but the neighboring UHMC Campus made the decision to lock down as a precaution.

The incident occurred on the southwest portion of the condominium complex that shares a fence line with the college.  The college’s Cooperative Extension Building, Community Service Building and RDP Building were closed until an all-clear was given at 8:10 a.m.

UHMC’s Kit Zulueta said officials at UHMC found out about the incident when Maui police started barricading the lower portion (makai) of the camps.  “Our administration was going to close the entire lower half of the campus, but by the time the second alert was going to be sent out, MPD said the issue had been resolved.”

Crews from the Maui Police Department’s Special Response team responded to the incident in tactical gear along with patrol units in the area.

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Maui police are responding to a barricade situation at the Harbor Lights Condominium complex in Kahului.

Maui Police Lieutenant Gregg Okamoto tells Maui Now that there is an individual barricaded inside.

Witnesses say Special Response Units are on scene and are talking with the individual within.

*This is a developing story. Check back for further information, which will be posted as it becomes available. 

Barricade situation at Harbor Lights, Kahului. 2.12.19. PC: Wendy Osher / Maui Now

Barricade situation at Harbor Lights, Kahului. 2.12.19. PC: Wendy Osher / Maui Now

Barricade situation at Harbor Lights, Kahului. 2.12.19. PC: Wendy Osher / Maui Now

Harbor Lights Condominium Complex in Kahului, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Barricade situation at Harbor Lights, Kahului. 2.12.19. PC: Wendy Osher / Maui Now

Barricade situation at Harbor Lights, Kahului. 2.12.19. PC: Wendy Osher / Maui Now

Barricade situation at Harbor Lights, Kahului. 2.12.19. PC: Wendy Osher / Maui Now

Barricade situation at Harbor Lights, Kahului. 2.12.19. PC: Wendy Osher / Maui Now

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