Arrest in alleged assault, threatening case

A 21-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a man at Kalama Park in Kihei and threatening a woman who was videotaping the incident, police said.

Bail was increased from $1,100 to $11,000 for Kawika Leslie when he appeared Thursday afternoon in Wailuku District Court. Leslie, who gave no local address, is charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, attempted second-degree assault and third-degree assault.

Police said Leslie was arrested at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday, after he was seen punching a man in the face in the park at a pavilion. The man fell off a bench onto the ground, police said, and when he went to sit up, Leslie kicked him in the face.

He then approached a woman who was videotaping and asked her what she was doing. After the woman said she was videotaping because of incidents occurring in the park, Leslie became upset and began chasing the woman with a 6-foot tree branch, police said. The woman suffered a scratch on her neck, police said, although it wasn’t known if she had been hit by the branch, police said.

In court Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Cody Minatodani asked for the bail increase. She said Leslie has two prior convictions for liquor violations.

Deputy Public Defender John Parker opposed any increase in bail. He said that based on allegations in a document filed in court to support the charges, “there was a lot of verbal threatening and there was a tree branch involved here.”

Leslie was videotaped in a widely viewed YouTube video showing a man yelling and swearing at people at Kalama Park last month.

Leslie is also charged with two unrelated camping violations.