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Man tasered, charged with resisting arrest

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Police reported deploying a Taser to arrest a man who took a fighting stance against an officer before being arrested Monday morning in Wailuku.

Patrick Hiro Jr., 34, who gave no local address, was charged with resisting arrest. He also was arrested on a warrant charging him with second-degree robbery of a woman whose backpack was stolen July 4.

During Hiro’s initial appearance Tuesday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Byron Fujieda asked that bail be increased to $12,000 for Hiro.

He has prior convictions for first- and second-degree escape, four counts of contempt of court and violating a temporary restraining order, as well as three probation violations, Fujieda said.

“It appears that Mr. Hiro does have issues with compliance with court orders,” Fujieda said. “His history indicates that bail needs to be set at a reasonable amount, which we believe is $12,000.”

Hiro opposed any increase from the $3,000 bail set by police.

After being released Nov. 2 from a 10-year prison term for first-degree escape, Hiro was working two jobs and living with his mother in Happy Valley, said Deputy Public Defender Gustavo Gonzalez.

“He has made serious attempts to turn his life around,” Gonzalez said in asking that Hiro be released on supervision.

Hiro said he had changed.

“This is one honest mistake,” he said.

According to a declaration filed in court to support the arrest, police located Hiro at about 9 a.m. Monday fronting an apartment in the 1300 block of Lower Main Street. An officer reported that Hiro took a fighting stance and was bouncing up and down before the officer deployed his Taser to arrest Hiro.

Judge Kirstin Hamman said she had concerns about Hiro’s prior record and the allegations in his current case in setting bail at $7,000.

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