However, two Polynesians in Anchorage found a different way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend -- a way which earned them a trip to jail and put their victim in the hospital with serious injuries. Rex Faumui, 18, and Patrick Tauanuu, 22, who are cousins, face second-degree assault charges in a savage two-on-one attack on 45-year-old Quinn Hennessy in East Anchorage. Tauanuu is also accused of witness tampering. Stories published by KTUU Channel 2 and the Anchorage Daily News.
Police received a report about 3 A.M. on Sunday July 3rd that the two men were punching and kicking Hennessy near 5700 Rocky Mountain Court, east of Boniface Parkway, continuing to do so even after Hennessy was lying motionless on the ground. Hennessy suffered severe head injuries and was taken to a local hospital; doctors were monitoring for the possibility of his brain bleeding. Police arrested the two assailants after multiple witnesses said they'd seen them beating and kicking Hennessy. A judge set Faumui's bail at $25,000 cash only and Tauanuu's bail at $1,500 cash or corporate bond; they were warned not to contact the witnesses. Some people posting comments on ADN were outraged at the low bail and wanted to know who the judge was; the record indicates it was Magistrate Christina Teaford.
However, Tauanuu must have thought the magistrate was just joking; after making bail, he returned to the neighborhood and threatened the witnesses. So he was arrested again, charged with witness tampering, and his bail upped to $25,000. Police say these two thugs are organized gangbangers, but offered no further details.
-- Alaska Court System entry on Patrick Tauanuu available HERE.
-- Alaska Court System entry on Rex Faumui available HERE.
Both Tauanuu and Faumui have a criminal past. On this page of the Alaska Court System database, you'll find eight entries for Tauanuu's name (DOB 1988). Most of the cases are for traffic violations, with one exception. In June 2007, Tauanuu was charged with Riot, Assault 1, Assault 2, and Assault 3, all felonies, and Assault 4, a misdemeanor (Case No. 3AN-07-06501CR); in March 2009, Tauanuu pleaded guilty to Assault 4 and all other charges were dropped.
Rex Faumui's page shows two previous entries, one for a traffic violation and another for Disorderly Conduct in February 2011. Charges were dropped on May 19th.
Some comments posted to the ADN story indicate that Polynesians do not have a good reputation in Anchorage, despite the positive example set by the Lake Otis ward members. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of multiculturalism:
buyalaska1 5 July 11:43 P.M:
Dude, the front page news and statistic's don't lie.. Alot of the worst violence is coming from one Ethnic group. That's not anyone wearing sheets, those are facts.
My brother's wife is Pacific Islander and I see it first hand in their extended family. It's become epidemic and needs to be addressed. If they can't live in society without killing, terrorizing or maiming others, then they need to be removed. This is not picking on anyone, just getting tired of people trying to justify these type of actions
lookintoit 6 July 9:00 A.M:
In the 90's when the Samoan's were shooting up Anchorage, the Samoan pastors came together, admitted they had a problem and tried to address it. It didn't work. The violence is too rooted in tradition and the culture. The 'warrior' culture is well documented and recorded in Samoan history. It is a source of pride. Look up the 'aso' tradition and read about the warring and fighting among the different factions. It's a tradition that's inherent and passed down. Combine that culture with the attitude towards 'palagi's' (anyone who is not Samoan) and what results is incident after incident of violence that is overlooked by the Samoan community because there is no easy solution.
People are quick to cry 'hate mongering' or shame people that speak to the violence, admonishing them that it isn't politically correct. Instead of going with the emotional response, I would challenge you to look at the statistics (they are there, compare the number of crimes with the percentage of the population). Take a look at the facts. Look into the history.
Sia Figiel, a Samoan author has several books which seek to overturn the romanticised Western view of the Pacific Islanders. There is a post on here from a family member who relates his first hand experience about the violence. There is a tendency to portray the culture as entirely happy go lucky and friendly. There's another very dark side. Crying that it isn't politically correct to discuss and name it doesn't solve the problem it simply perpetuates it.
Of course not all Samoans are like the one's pictured in the paper! But the unvarnished truth is that there are a lot who are, it is a part of the culture and it's been a problem for years, not only here in Alaska but throughout the U.S. and it is getting worse. The answer? Address it openly
thejourneymanswife 5 July 10:34 P.M:
On Friday night, we had 4 Polynesians come through our neighborhood and stole items in our neighbors yard. My husband chased them down and they tried to intimidate him but failed so they threw the stuff down and ran. I really think the Polynesian community needs to do something about their youngsters. Besides Mao Tosi, what other good things do the Polynesians do in our community? All that you hear or and see is violence and crime. They flock to our city, suck up the resources but leave nothing good behind.
I am not spewing hate. The facts are printed in the news and in court records. Not to mention the fear they impose by intimidation
pajamagirl 5 July 10:44 P.M:
Really, is it always someone else's fault? Or is it too many free passes given to people deemed minority or underprivileged so that they feel entitled to do whatever the heck they please. As well as shift the responsibility for themselves, their tough breaks and their inability to stay in school onto the backs of those who tried hard to achieve something. Being a violent thug is a choice not a condition or result of poor parenting. And it very well is a cultural thing. A sub cultural thing where violence is a means of garnering street cred and respect. I grew up in the Bronx and was on my own since I was 15. I lived in a basement with a mattress on the floor. I stayed in school no matter who let me down, and now I have a master's degree. My life. My CHOICE. It really is that simple.
Kooshdakhaa 5 July 9:48 P.M:
These people with all the vowels in their names are real troublemakers. I'm sick of it. I agree, these guys should be charged with attempted murder. Surely when you beat someone that bad, especially striking the head, you know it's very possible you'll kill them.
Attempted murder. Get these goons off the streets for a while. Threatening witnesses! Punks.