Bail at $260K in robbery, assault case

WAILUKU – Bail was set at $260,000 for a Kihei man arrested in the robbery and assault of a man who was struck with bats and kicked by four men outside his West Maui apartment last week, police said.

Brok Carlton, 39, was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and kidnapping in connection with the incident reported at 9:24 p.m. Thursday at the Maui Sands complex on Lower Honoapiilani Road.

Police said that after being beaten, the victim was forced to the ground, where attempts were made to bind the victim’s hands and feet with zip-ties. Gasoline was thrown onto the victim in an attempt to set him on fire before the assailants fled as other residents began coming out of apartments to see what was going on, police said.

One man took the victim’s keys and cellphone, police said, and some of the assailants left in the victim’s car, a white 2002 BMW multipurpose vehicle.

The victim was treated at the scene.

After Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division detectives spoke to the victim, Carlton was arrested at 3:41 a.m. Friday. Police located the victim’s car Friday morning at a beach access area in Honokowai.

At about 6 p.m. Sunday, a 34-year-old Pukalani man also was arrested when he turned himself in as part of the continuing investigation, police said.

When Carlton appeared Monday afternoon in Wailuku District Court, his attorney Cary Virtue asked that the defendant be released on supervision so he could tend to business matters before a preliminary hearing set for Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Jerrie Sheppard said the state was “adamantly opposed” to the request, citing the violence of the crimes.

Judge Adrianne Heely ordered Carlton to have no contact with the victim and to stay away from the complex where he lives.