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Burglary, sex assault charged

WAILUKU — Bail was increased from $5,000 to $13,500 for a 24-year-old Wailuku man who allegedly broke into a Kahului home and sexually assaulted a woman May 20.

District Court Judge Blaine Kobayashi granted a request by the prosecution to increase bail for Evan Yamashita. He was charged with first-degree burglary, sexual assault in the fourth degree and harassment, according to the criminal complaint.

At around 4 a.m. May 20, the defendant opened a screen door at a residence in Kahului; laid down next to the victim, whom he did not know; caressed her buttocks and later fled, Deputy Prosecutor Anthony Herndon said Tuesday afternoon in Yamashita’s initial court appearance.

Herndon called the incident a serious offense. He added that Yamashita has prior issues for contempt of and failure to appear in court. He asked that Yamashita stay away from the residence on Kamehameha Avenue and the victim.

But Deputy Public Defender Mariana Lowy-Gerstmar asked that Yamashita be placed on supervised release noting that this is the first time he has faced felony charges.

A preliminary hearing for Yamashita is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in District Court.

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