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 Café 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.