WAILUKU - Bail was increased Monday to $253,000 for a man who is facing additional charges in connection with the robbery of a homeless man last week at a campsite along North Kihei Road.
In a complaint filed in Wailuku District Court, Daniel Nishioka, 32, of Kihei is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, prohibited possession of a firearm, three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree theft.
"It would appear that the defendant is a danger to the community with what appears to be increasing violence," said Deputy Prosecutor John Tam, noting that Nishioka is awaiting trial on felony charges in two other cases.
Nishioka was arrested Thursday night, following the robbery at the campsite near Mile Marker 2 on North Kihei Road in the Sugar Beach area.
While campers were having dinner at the beach, Nishioka approached a 27-year-old man and said, "You owe me," Tam said. Nishioka punched and kicked the victim.
"He also pulled out a silver-colored firearm and allegedly pointed it at the victim for three to five seconds," Tam said. "The victims were very much in fear of their lives."
"It is of concern to the police that they have not recovered the firearm yet," Tam said.
After brandishing the gun, Nishioka went into the victim's tent and removed the victim's backpack and a purse belonging to the victim's girlfriend, Tam said.
Nishioka took cash from the backpack and purse before running, police said. He was seen getting into a black pickup truck. The license plate number of the truck was provided to police, who arrested Nishioka when they stopped the vehicle at McGregor Point as it was heading toward Lahaina on Honoapiilani Highway.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries to the left side of his face, police said.
When the robbery occurred, Nishioka had been released on bail while awaiting trial in two other cases, Tam said.
In one pending case, Nishioka is charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and reckless driving for a March 1, 2012, incident occurring at North Kihei and South Kihei roads. Another vehicle was forced off the road by Nishioka in his truck as both vehicles turned left from South Kihei Road onto North Kihei Road, police said. Nishioka reportedly brandished a knife and yelled obscenities and racial slurs at the tourist couple in the other vehicle, according to a police investigation.
Nishioka is charged with two counts of felony abuse, five counts of abuse and first-degree terroristic threatening in another pending case.
While the prosecution asked for the increase in bail in the robbery case, Deputy Public Defender Jasmine King asked that bail remain at $110,000. She said Nishioka is a caregiver for his mother and had been complying with court requirements while released on bail in his other cases.
Judge Blaine Kobayashi granted the prosecution's request to increase bail.
"The defendant is alleged to have engaged in violent-type conduct," Kobayashi said. "The court is definitely concerned with the safety of the community."
Nishioka was ordered to have no contact with the victims and to stay away from the Sugar Beach area near North Kihei and South Kihei roads. "Apparently, the defendant is taking ownership of this area and believes he can charge people for being there," Tam said.
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