WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Maui man has been found guilty of trying to extort money from a group of California tourists and assaulting one of them with a rake.
The Maui News (http://ow.ly/oqnDm ) reports a jury this week found Jesse Nakooka (nah-co-OH'-cah) guilty of attempted extortion and various assault charges. The 37-year-old was found not guilty of harassing one of the visitors, who testified Nakooka shoved her to the ground.
Prosecutors say Nakooka demanded $20 to move his chicken stand blocking the tourists' car. The visitors testified that when Nicholas Nottingham, of Riverside, Calif., managed to maneuver the car out of the tight spot, Nakooka put a table and his children in front of the car, demanding more money.
Deputy Public Defender Annalisa Bernard says Nakooka was defending himself against an angry group.
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