Couple Arrested on Kaua‘i for Violating 14-Day Quarantine
Kaua‘i police arrested Adam Schwarze, 36, of ‘Aiea, Hawai‘i and Desiree Marvin, 31, of Alexandria, Virginia on Friday for violating the state’s COVID-19 mandatory 14-day quarantine emergency order, police said.
The two arrived on a flight from O‘ahu via Southwest Airlines.
According to a preliminary report, the couple was contacted around 4:20 p.m. before exiting the Līhu‘e Airport at the Ahukini checkpoint. Police say the visitors were advised of the state’s 14-day quarantine order and the requirement to proceed directly to their place of lodging.
After driving away from the checkpoint, police say they were observed turning in the opposite direction of their stated accommodations. A traffic stop was subsequently initiated where they were informed again of the 14-day quarantine order and advised to proceed directly to their accommodations.
At approximately 5:50 p.m, a Kaua‘i Police Department officer observed the visitors’ unoccupied rental vehicle in the parking lot of Foodland in Princeville.
After exiting the grocery store, the couple was placed under arrest for violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine order and transported to cellblock where they posted bail.
The man and woman have an upcoming court date and could each face misdemeanor charges of up to $5,000 in fines and/or up to one year in prison, according to Kaua‘i police.
Visitors are required to quarantine in proper accommodations for 14 days, leave the island or face arrest for subsequent offense under the governor’s order.
KPD reports that it will continue to conduct random quarantine compliance checks “to ensure the health and safety of the Kaua‘i community against the spread of COVID-19.”