First Gun Shots, Now Tire Slashed: Cayetano’s Campaign Targeted Again

Bullet hole at Ben Cayetano headquarters.
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Gunfire aimed at Ben Cayetano's campaign banners shatter glass at Cycle City

On March 17, a spokesman for Ben Cayetano’s mayoral campaign said at least eight shots were fired at campaign banners posted in the windows of Cycle City, just across the street from the campaign headquarters off Nimitz Highway.

Two bullet holes were from a high-powered rifle and the others from a smaller caliber firearm, according to campaign co-chair Ret. Judge Walter Heen, who offered a $5,000 award for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible.


Today, Cayetano disclosed another incident – one of his volunteers had a tire slashed yesterday outside his Mapunapuna campaign headquarters.

“This campaign is getting a little rough,” Cayetano told Hawaii Reporter.

Campaign banners posted at supporters’ homes also have been stolen, Cayetano said.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, who Cayetano will challenge in the 2012 August primary, said earlier about the gun shots: “What happened is obviously a criminal act and should be pursued vigorously by law enforcement.”

Caroline Sluyter, spokesperson for the Honolulu Police Department, said: “There are no suspects at this point (for the shooting) but the case is open.  If anyone has tips, they can call 911.”

Cayetano asked his volunteer who was targeted to report the tire slashing to HPD as well.