Bail unchanged in shooting case

WAILUKU – Bail remained at $70,200 for a man charged with using a knife to threaten police officers who responded to a report of gunshots fired in a Waikapu neighborhood.

During a bail hearing Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Christopher Alvarado Hook sought to have his bail reduced.

Deputy Public Defender Shelly Miyashiro said Hook has ties to the community and no prior criminal record.

But Deputy Prosecutor Mark Simonds said Hook’s former employer reported that he was fired six to eight months ago for bringing a machete to work and wielding it.

Hook, 37, of Waikapu was arrested the night of March 1 when officers were dispatched to Wilikona Place, where they reported Hook yelled obscenities and threatened to kill the officers before a Taser was used to subdue him.

Hook threatened the officers with a knife, Simonds said. Before police arrived, Hook had fired a semiautomatic rifle, discharging shots into the air.

Police seized the rifle. But Simonds said that a 9mm handgun registered to Hook hasn’t been located.

A June 3 trial is set for Hook, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree reckless endangering, four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, keeping a loaded firearm in an improper place and resisting arrest.

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza ordered that Hook’s bail continue.