HONOLULU – A 33-year-old Japanese man was indicted Tuesday on a charge of murdering the operator of a Honolulu surf shop in what police suspect was an attempted robbery.
Daiki Iba was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of second-degree murder in the killing of Michiko Sakata, 44, who reportedly acquired U.S. citizenship last year.
The indictment alleges that Iba attacked Sakata at her shop at around 1:30 p.m. April 22 and strangled her until she lost consciousness. Sakata was taken to a hospital, where she died April 25.
Police arrested Iba at the scene after being alerted by a security system that was set off. They said money from the cash register was gone and found Iba to be in possession of $8,370.
A shop employee said Iba claimed to be a trader and began visiting the shop last month. Iba visited the shop the day before the crime and asked Sakata to prepare “money for an exchange,” the employee said.
The shop is located in a shopping area about 300 meters north of Waikiki Beach.