Bail hiked to over $1M for attempted murder suspect’s crime spree

Man allegedly robbed store, bashed in car windows, stabbed condominium manager

WAILUKU — A 44-year-old Napili man who stabbed a condo manager, assaulted a store clerk and pepper-sprayed a woman in incidents spanning South Maui to Upcountry on Tuesday is being held on more than $1 million bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.

On Thursday, Judge Blaine Kobayashi increased bail for defendant Phillip Schorvitz from $752,250 to $1,253,000, during Schorvitz’s initial appearance in Wailuku District Court.

Schorvitz is charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree theft, two counts of third-degree assault and third-degree criminal property damage, according to court records.

Schorvitz, who was wearing an orange jumpsuit with a white zipper on the front, appeared via Polycom video from MCCC on Thursday.

Based on the facts and circumstances along with the risk, danger and safety to the community, Kobayashi said increased bail was warranted. He also set preliminary and bail hearings for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Anderson-Teshima requested the bail hike for Schorvitz, who has no family ties on Maui.

In detailing the facts of the case, Anderson-Teshima said Schorvitz stole $60,000 in watches. Court and police records show the incident took place at the Tourneau store at The Shops at Wailea.

During the robbery, the suspect pushed a store clerk so hard that she fell and suffered a concussion, Anderson-Teshima said.

Schorvitz then went to see an old landlord in Kihei, whom he stabbed, Anderson-Teshima said. He drove to Kula and broke the rear windshield of a woman’s car and pepper-sprayed her, he said.

Schorvitz also was armed with a knife, he added.

“Who knows who else is in his mind, is on his list,” Anderson-Teshima said.

Deputy Public Defender Mariana Lowy-Gerstmar, who appeared with Schorvitz at the jail, said that her client has lived on Maui for six years but has not been working because he is disabled. He was living in Napili until a month ago.

While requesting that bail be maintained at the lower amount, Lowy-Gerstmar said Schorvitz does not have the means to post bail anyway.

Should he post bail, Kobayashi ordered Schorvitz to stay away from the Tourneau store and the clerk, the man he allegedly stabbed and the Ke Ali’i Ocean Villas, as well as the woman, whom he pepper-sprayed, and a property along Naalae Road in Kula.

Friends of the victims have reached out to media regarding the incident and wondered about the lack of information.

Jay Jackson said his friend and business associate Michael Heller was beaten in his office of the Ke Ali’i Ocean Villas on Tuesday morning. Jackson said Heller, a site manger at the Villas, knew the suspect, who previously lived at the complex.

Heller was sprayed in the face with pepper spray and assaulted with brass knuckles with knife blades, Jackson said. The incident may have escalated after the suspect asked Heller for the address of the suspect’s ex-girlfriend and Heller refused, he said.

On Thursday morning, Jackson, who has been in contact with Heller’s wife, said Heller was still in the intensive care unit at Maui Memorial Medical Center with a punctured lung.

Jackson called Heller “the nicest guy” and someone who is not aggressive.

Outside of court, Anderson-Teshima said the stabbing victim was the only one who required hospitalization in the incidents.

Maui police were not forthcoming Wednesday with information about a homicide call at 11:12 a.m. Tuesday at the Ke Ali’i Ocean Villas as well as a robbery call the same day at 10:41 a.m. at the Shops at Wailea.

A police spokeswoman said Wednesday that “there are ongoing investigations” and that police will let The Maui News know when it has information. No information was released Wednesday.

There was no response to requests from police Thursday about the same incidents.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com and Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.


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