14-months in jail ordered for home burglary

Man involved in chase that led to officer’s injury

WAILUKU — A Waiehu man was ordered to serve a 14-month jail term for burglarizing his girlfriend’s residence as he was sentenced in five criminal cases.

Robert K. Freitas, 38, was placed on four years’ probation in all the cases at his sentencing May 30.

In three of the cases, he had pleaded no contest to first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault of the woman, who had obtained a court order for protection from Freitas. The assaults and burglary occurred from January to June 2017.

Freitas had pleaded no contest to unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in connection with the theft of a 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup truck in December 2017.

He had pleaded no contest to first-degree resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle and third-degree criminal property damage for his role in an Oct. 10 crash that seriously injured a solo bike officer while he was trying to catch up with a speeding sedan driven by Freitas on Maui Veterans Highway.

The solo bike officer tried to catch up and stop the Honda sedan when the motorcycle hit a car that was abandoned on the makai shoulder of the highway, police said. The officer was ejected from his bike, police said.

The Honda fled, turning on to Central Maui Baseyard Road, where Freitas drove the car through a gate to flee from a second police officer, according to police.

Police later found the Honda with no one inside on Pulehu Road in Puunene. Freitas, who was the registered owner of the vehicle, was found hiding nearby by a police K9 dog.

A plea agreement between the defense and prosecution recommended a one-year jail term and probation for Freitas.

“This is a fair disposition,” said defense attorney David Wiltsie.

While following the “very negotiated” plea agreement calling for probation in sentencing Freitas, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill said, “There are some significant concerns I have about his future and the potential he’ll be back here.”

Freitas was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to complete anger management treatment. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim in the assault and burglary cases.