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Man is again facing charge he threatened to kill mayor in 2012

WAILUKU — A Wailuku man is again facing a charge alleging he threatened Mayor Alan Arakawa five years ago.

Austin Gerard Jr., 30, pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree terroristic threatening during his arraignment Wednesday in 2nd Circuit Court.

The threat was reported June 12, 2012, by a woman walking her dogs near the Kalana O Maui building employee parking lot when she encountered a man with a knife at about 7:35 a.m. When she asked the man what he was going to do with the knife, he told her he was going to “murder the mayor,” police said.

After entering the county building, the man went to the ninth floor and asked to see the mayor. The front desk receptionist told the man that the mayor wasn’t in yet and asked the man to sign in so she could make an appointment. Police said the man was rambling and left a first name and his phone number, then left.

Police identified the man as Gerard, who was arrested at his residence later that morning. Because a preliminary investigation showed that Gerard may have been suffering from possible mental health issues, police said, he was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for evaluation.

Police reported recovering a kitchen knife with a 6-inch blade near Gerard at his residence.

Gerard was indicted on the threatening charge in December 2012, but the charge was dismissed in January 2014 because a trial for Gerard hadn’t started within six months of his indictment.

Court records show Gerard was reindicted on the charge May 26, 2015.

He was arrested Jan. 13 and released after posting $10,000 bail, police records show.

Deputy Public Defender William “Pili” McGrath said he again would seek to have the indictment dismissed based on the delay.

Gerard was ordered to have no contact with Arakawa. McGrath said Gerard has complied with that for years.

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