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Criminal past keeps bail at $28,000

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Reciting a defendant’s criminal history spanning more than 40 years, a judge kept bail at $28,000 for a man charged with crimes including threatening two police officers with a knife.

Roland Campos, 64, had asked to have his bail reduced during a court hearing Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Mike Kagami asked that bail be maintained for Campos.

“It appears he cannot stop committing crimes, and he can’t follow court orders,” Kagami said.

Campos has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, disobedience to police officers and two counts of abuse by violating a warning citation.

He was arrested the night of June 6 after police went to a Waikapu neighborhood to arrest Campos, who was being sought for violating a warning citation to stay away from a family member and her residence on West Waiko Road after a domestic disturbance. At a preliminary hearing last month, officers testified Campos pointed a knife when they approached him. An officer deployed a Taser to subdue him, police said.

Earlier that evening, Campos was driving a gold pickup truck that jumped curbs in the Foodland Kehalani parking lot before turning onto Kuikahi Drive and running a red light at Honoapiilani Highway, police said.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill said Campos’ 44-year criminal history began with charges in 1977, the year after he entered the country. Campos completed the Maui Drug Court program of treatment and supervision and later was sentenced to a five-year prison term for drug possession, Cahill said.

Campos’ criminal history includes 19 prior convictions.

“The defendant presents a past harm and a present harm and a potential harm to the community,” Cahill said.

A Sept. 8 trial is set for Campos.

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