Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported

HONOLULU — Honolulu police said Wednesday surveillance video recorded images of the same man at three different high-rise hotels near Waikiki Beach where fires were intentionally set in recent days.

Two rooms were burglarized while guests were evacuated from one of the hotels, the 25-story Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger.

Surveillance video at the hotel showed a man carrying at least two backpacks similar to the ones taken in the burglary.

The fire, which broke out near a storage room on the 14th floor, caused $1.8 million in damage.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man. Images showed him wearing a baseball hat, moustache and goatee.

No one was injured in the fires.

Each fire began at night in a hallway on a floor with guest rooms, said Honolulu Fire Department Captain Scot Seguirant.

Firefighters have referred the case to police for investigation.

The first fire caused $4,000 in damage Sunday at the Alohilani Resort.

The third fire broke out on the 28th floor of the 38-story Hilton Hawaiian Grand Waikikian on Tuesday.

Hotel security put out the flames with a fire extinguisher after it caused $10,000 in damage, police said.

Hilton spokesman Nigel Glennie said the resort doesn’t publicly disclose security measures as a matter of policy. But he said the hotel has reviewed the incident and will make any appropriate changes.

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