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Man charged with attempted murder in knife attack

WAILUKU — A Kahului man was charged with attempted murder in connection with an attack early Monday at a Kahului residence that left another man with life-threatening injuries, according to court documents.

In addition to second-degree attempted murder, Michael Geib, 52, was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug.

The 33-year-old victim was asleep in a bedroom of an abandoned residence on South Papa Avenue at about 5:30 a.m. Monday when he allegedly was assaulted by Geib, who broke into the residence, said Deputy Prosecutor Carson Tani.

Geib struck the victim in the head with a weighted sock, leaving him dazed, then used a sharp object, possibly a knife or blade, to slice the victim in the face and throat, according to an affidavit filed in court to support the charges.

The victim suffered a 3- to 4-inch-deep cut on the right side of his face and a 3- to 4-inch-deep wound on his neck that was 5 to 6 inches long, Tani said during Geib’s initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Wailuku District Court.

Geib allegedly threatened to harm the victim if he didn’t turn over his ring, which Geib took, Tani said.

The affidavit said the attack occurred over a $130 debt.

Tani said Geib was found with methamphetamine when he was arrested the next day at the Kahului boat ramp.

Police reported Geib was observed with recent injuries to his hand and tricep area, consistent with the victim’s report that he bit Geib on a finger and arm to cause him to flee.

In court Wednesday, Deputy Public Defender Gustavo Gonzalez asked for Geib’s bail to be reduced from the $500,000 set by police to $50,000, which Geib believed he could post.

“Especially given his age and his health, we are extremely concerned about possible risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus at (Maui Community Correctional Center) if he’s held in pretrial status,” Gonzalez said.

He said Geib had been working for the past six months doing maintenance for his landlord at Harbor Lights Condominium.

Tani asked that bail remain at $500,000, based on the seriousness of the charges and Geib’s prior criminal history. Geib has 2001 convictions for second-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening and keeping a firearm in an improper place, Tani said.

Judge Gloria Navarro Buckingham kept bail for Geib at $500,000. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Audra Sellers said Wednesday that police wouldn’t release information about the arrest because of the “sensitive nature” and concerns about the victim.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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