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Man charged with paper-cutter blade robbery in Kahului

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man was arrested on a robbery charge after he used the blade of a paper cutter to threaten an employee Saturday afternoon at a Kahului store, police said.

Eugene Bingham, 57, was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree terroristic threatening and fourth-degree theft.

According to police, Bingham disassembled a paper cutter to get the blade, which he used to threaten an employee at OfficeMax in Kahului.

During his initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas asked that Bingham’s bail be increased from $50,000 to $56,000 because Bingham faced additional charges for threatening and theft, as well as robbery.

Deputy Public Defender Rachel Miyoshi said Bingham had been on Maui for only a few months and doesn’t have family here to help him post bail.

She asked that he be released on supervision.

“Not going to happen,” said Judge John Breen.

“Anytime someone uses a weapon, that’s a grave concern to the court,” Breen said.

In granting the request to increase bail to $56,000, Breen said “the prosecutor makes a compelling argument.”

Bingham was ordered to stay away from OfficeMax at Maui Marketplace.

According to the complaint against Bingham, he could face mandatory minimum prison sentencing as a repeat offender if convicted of the felony charges. The complaint says Bingham has a conviction for assault — felony menacing in Colorado stemming from a December arrest.