Pukalani man alleged to have threatened man, woman with knife

Judge finds enough evidence to support 3 felony charges

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A Pukalani man told police he became angry when he saw another man’s truck in a woman’s driveway and went inside to confront the man.

Anthony Almeida said he left when the other man wouldn’t fight with him, then returned a few minutes later and punched the bedroom window from outside, said Detective John Surina.

“All I heard was a crash and jalousies fell on me,” said Patrick “Kaleo” Henriques, who was in the house with the woman.

Henriques and Surina testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Wailuku District Court for Almeida, 29, who is charged with first-degree criminal property damage, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree terroristic threatening.

In an interview two days after his July 13 arrest, Almeida said he was in an on-and-off relationship with the woman and had slept over at her Pukalani residence before leaving at about 6 a.m. July 8 to get ready for work, Surina said.

Shortly afterward, Almeida reported driving by the woman’s residence and seeing Henriques’ truck parked in the driveway, Surina said. “That angered him,” Surina said. “At that point, he wanted to kick his a–.”

Almeida said he went inside the house into the woman’s bedroom while holding a knife that he carries on his hip, Surina said. He said Almeida reported seeing the woman and Henriques smoking marijuana.

“He called out, wanting to fight with Kaleo, but Kaleo wouldn’t fight with him,” Surina said.

Henriques said Almeida was holding a meat cleaver when he forced his way into the house. “He said he wanted to fight me and he wanted to slice me up and cut me open or whatever,” Henriques said.

He said the woman got between him and Almeida. “He was swinging it left and right,” Henriques said. “He kept going back like he was going to hit her with it.”

After Almeida went outside, Henriques said he started to follow, but the woman told him not to. “She was very scared,” Henriques said.

He said Almeida left, then returned about two minutes later when he broke the window jalousies that were about an inch from Henriques’ head.

Henriques said he looked out the window and saw Almeida, who said he didn’t have a knife and told Henriques to come outside. The woman told Henriques not to go because Almeida probably did have a knife, Henriques said.

Almeida was yelling at the woman through the window and pulled out a knife, saying he’s going to “stick” Henriques with it, he said.

Henriques said Almeida had a long “pig sticker” knife the second time.

Then Almeida left, Henriques said.

Under cross-examination by attorney Jason McFarlin, Henriques said he went to the woman’s house after she called him at about 6:30 a.m. July 8 while he was getting coffee. He said he agreed to take her a cup of coffee and had been in her bedroom “not even a minute” before Almeida showed up the first time.

“We’re just friends, that’s it,” Henriques said.

In his statement to police, Almeida said he didn’t threaten Henriques and had the same knife both times, Surina said.

He said police found Almeida with a 7-inch hunting-type knife when he was arrested July 13.

Judge Kirstin Hamman ruled there was sufficient evidence to find probable cause for the felony charges against Almeida.

With the prosecution not objecting, she reduced Almeida’s bail to $10,000.

He is scheduled to be arraigned July 31 in 2nd Circuit Court.