February 11, 2021 – As alleged Hawaiian crime boss Michael (Brother Mike) Miske sits behind bars awaiting trial on federal racketeering, drugs, kidnapping, robbery, bank fraud, murder and attempted murder charges, his inner circle is cracking. First, his No. 1 enforcer, Jacob (Ji-Jitsu Jake) Smith made a deal with the government back in November and will be a star witness in court. Shortly thereafter, two of his main drug lieutenants, Jonah Ortiz and Wayne Miller, did the same. All three went down in a 2018 drug case.
The 46-year old Brother Mike Miske runs the rackets in Honolulu these days, according to the feds. Miske was arrested last July. Prosecutors believe Smith can tie Miske into a pair of murder conspiracies, including the 2016 disappearance of Jonathan Fraser, who Miske blamed for the death of his 16-year old son, Caleb, in a car accident months before.
Smith, 28, is a martial arts expert and collected $2,000 per enforcement assignment from Miske by way of Miske’s brother-in-law and right-hand man, John (Flattop) Stancil, per his plea deal. The muscle work Ji-Jitsu Jake did for Miske ranged from beating up rival club owners and helping stage a chemical attack on a club in March 2017 to robbing and kidnapping drug dealers and Miske associates, he says in his FBI proffer statement.
Miske’s M Nightclub had closed in the months prior. He was headquartering out of his Kamaaina Termite & Pest Control business when he was busted in 2020.
Smith introduced Miske to hired gun Lance (Hammah) Bermudez in a meeting held at a Kalihi shopping mall in June 2017. Hours after the meeting, Flattop Stancil offered Smith and Bermudez $250,000 to kill Jonathan Fraser. Smith refused.
Miske also wanted to murder Lindsey Kinney, a labor union figure and local thug. Smith claims Kinney also refused to accept a contract to kill the 23-year old Fraser, who was living with Miske at the time in adjacent penthouse apartments near the ocean.
Kinney survived a hit near the set of the big-budget studio movie Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom where he was working a Teamsters job as a rigging grip, a February 2017 drive-by shooting Smith admits taking part in. In the aftermath of the attempt on his life, Kinney erupted like a volcano on social media, pointing the finger at Brother Mike, Flattop Stancil and Ji-Jitsu Jake in a flurry of incendiary posts.
Brother Mike is hooked up with the Teamsters as well and found work on Hawaii movie sets. Miske was assigned to be a driver and bodyguard for actor John Goodman while he was in town shooting Kong: Skull Island.
Jonathan Fraser went missing on July 31, 2016. His body has never been found. Fraser was close friends with Miske’s son and in the car with him when he died in a fatal crash the previous fall. Miske’s boat, The Painkiller, has been seized by authorities under the belief that The Painkiller was used to dispose of Fraser’s body at sea.