Suspect charged with several counts after deadly Chinatown shooting


A man has been charged in connection with Saturday’s shooting death of a woman in Chinatown.

Alabanza Tuimalealiifano, 30, was charged with manslaughter, attempted murder, robbery, and five firearms offenses. His bail was set at $1 million.

Recently released court documents outline what allegedly occurred inside Cutie’s CafĂ© on N. King Street at around 1:30 a.m.

According to witness statements, Tuimalealiifano entered the establishment and asked to speak to the cashier in private. When he refused, documents claim Tuimalealiifano pulled out a black handgun, fired a shot into the ceiling, and said “This is a robbery, give me the money.”

A security guard allegedly charged Tuimalealiifano, a struggle ensued, and several more shots were fired before Tuimalealiifano fled the area.

One of those bullets allegedly hit a patron, Tara Tevaga, 49, in the chest. She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The 25-year-old security guard was hospitalized in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his left neck. He was eventually treated and released.

A second man, Dane Salanoa, was initially arrested on suspicion of robbery, but he was released pending further investigation.

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