Makawao man indicted in assault with letter opener

A 49-year-old Makawao man was indicted Friday on a charge of second-degree attempted murder for an attack on a homeless woman whose neck was slit with a letter opener during a gathering early Tuesday in a Lahaina apartment.

Calvin Borge was being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center, with his bail set at $200,000.

During his arraignment Friday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court, Borge pleaded not guilty to the charge. A May 13 trial was set for him.

Police said that the attack on the woman was unprovoked.

It occurred at 2:22 a.m. while the 53-year-old victim and her fiance were in the apartment on Wainee Street, along with the homeowner, Borge and Borge’s fiancee. All had been consuming alcoholic beverages before the assault, police said.

According to statements from witnesses, the victim and Borge had conversed briefly before the assault. Witnesses told police that Borge approached the woman from behind, got her in a rear neck hold and used an envelope opener with a semi-serrated blade to slit the front portion of her neck from left to right, crossing her esophagus.

She shrieked and fell to the ground, where she was tended to by friends, police said.

The woman was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment and was later released in satisfactory condition, police said.

A bail hearing for Borge was set for Thursday. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim and a witness in the case.