Two released over omission on affidavits

WAILUKU – Three people arrested in the robbery of a man early Monday in Kahului have been released from jail.

The robbery occurred at about 1 a.m. in the area of Amala Place and Hobron Avenue after the 47-year-old victim reported he had been tricked into meeting Wilsand Sardinha, police said.

The victim, a Kahului man, reported being confronted by three people in a vehicle. Sardinha, a passenger, got out of the vehicle and confronted the victim, who walked away, police said. Sardinha followed and pointed a handgun at the victim’s head and demanded the man’s belongings, police said.

Anthony Ayonayon and Aaralyn Decambra were identified as being in the vehicle that stopped to pick up Sardinha before it fled on Amala Place, police said.

Sardinha, Ayonayon and Decambra were arrested when the vehicle was stopped at Haleakala and Hana highways. Police reported recovering a pellet gun resembling a firearm.

The three had each been charged with first-degree robbery, with bail set at $20,000 each.

But when Ayonayon, 31, of Wailuku and Decambra, 33, of Kahului appeared in Wailuku District Court on Tuesday, they were released after Judge Blaine Kobayashi ruled that the affidavits submitted by the arresting officer failed to establish probable cause for the extended restraint of Ayonayon and Decambra. In addition, the affidavit submitted for Ayonayon included an incorrect date of arrest. As a result, Kobayashi ordered the charges against Ayonayon and Decambra to be dismissed.

When Sardinha, 24, of Kahului appeared in Wailuku District Court on Thursday, he was released on supervision and ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to stay away from the victim. A preliminary hearing for him was set for June 19.

In addition to first-degree robbery, Sardinha is charged with second-degree theft, theft of a credit card and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. Police said that the victim’s wallet containing a credit card and identification was among the belongings stolen in the robbery.

* This article includes a correction from the original published on Friday, May 23, 2014. The reason for the dismissal of the charges against Ayonayon and Decambra was incorrect. The Maui News apologizes for the error.