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MCCC inmate is arrested, charged in assault of guard

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A Maui Community Correctional Center inmate was arrested for allegedly assaulting a guard who was trying to break up a fight Monday morning at the Wailuku jail.

Sundance Roman, 26, of Kahului was charged with second-degree assault of a corrections officer.

According to a declaration filed in court to support the charge, Roman challenged another inmate to a fight at about 10:25 a.m. Monday while they were in the chow area of Module B at the jail. The inmates took fighting stances when an adult corrections officer got between them to try to break them up, according to the declaration.

Roman threw a cup at the adult corrections officer’s left upper lip, causing pain and a laceration that required 14 stitches, according to the declaration.

During Roman’s initial appearance Tuesday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Byron Fujieda asked that Roman’s bail be increased from $1,000 to $5,000, “given the violence and the injuries that were incurred by the complaining witness.”

Judge Douglas Sameshima set bail at $5,000 for Roman. He was ordered not to threaten, harass or physically harm the corrections officer.

Roman is in jail after he was arrested for allegedly violating court requirements, following his sentencing last year for theft of livestock. Roman had been given a chance to keep the conviction off his record.

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