Project Safe Neighborhoods helps nab Maui man

The Maui News

A man who allegedly fired two shots from the window of a truck in Waiehu is among 15 state residents charged with drug or violent crimes in the past three months as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Chad Valoroso, 53, of Waihee was arrested after the shots were fired at 8:21 p.m. May 20 from a passenger in a tow truck approaching the 100 block of Lower Waiehu Beach Road from Waiehu Beach Park, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

After Maui police officers apprehended Valoroso, a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver and 47 rounds of ammunition were found. Valoroso’s criminal history includes 22 prior felony convictions.

“Project Safe Neighborhoods is fundamentally about getting Hawaii’s most violent offenders off our streets,” U.S. Attorney Kenji Price of the Hawaii district said in a news release. “Along with our federal and local law enforcement partners, we are committed to working tirelessly to make our community safer by targeting for prosecution the most dangerous offenders in Hawaii.”

Maui County Prosecuting Attorney John D. Kim said the department “truly enjoys working with our federal partners in law enforcement because they bring so much to the table, including resources, knowledge, experience, and an ‘open door’ policy we can tap into at any time.”

Valoroso is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

In a pending case in 2nd Circuit Court, Valoroso has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and intimidating a witness in connection with an Aug. 24 assault at Hookipa Beach Park in Paia.

Police said Valoroso, his brother Randal Valoroso and Jeffrey Aweau had been with another man at the beach before an argument turned physical.

The assault continued after the victim was on the ground and paralyzed, with the defendants kicking the victim in the head, according to police.

Chad Valoroso had been released after posting $500,000 bail in that case.