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Detailer attacked due to tenant’s illegal dealings

March 14, 2012
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KAKAAKO, HI — A detailer and his business have suffered violent attacks here after police shut down an illegal gambling operation run by a tenant, KHON reported.

The March 8 story stated that owner Michael De Carlo has received threats, and someone has rammed a vehicle into his business twice since the Honolulu Police removed several gambling machines from the detail business.

De Carlo rented a space inside his shop for $1,500 to a man who said he was going to use the room for a telemarketing business. After the business moved in, De Carlo became suspicious and made an unannounced visit to the area.

There were 20 people in the room using illegal gambling machines. De Carlo ordered everyone out of the building, but he was attacked by a man who went on to kick De Carlo’s car.

The next day, police confiscated the machines, and that’s when the threats started. Also, surveillance footage shows an SUV ramming into the garage door of his business, and De Carlo stated that a vehicle has hit the same door a second time.

Business is down nearly 70 percent for the shop, and several workers have quit due to the threats. Police continue to investigate, and De Carlo said he may soon close the building and operate as a mobile business.