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Man accused of punching victim in robbery

Suspect charged with second-degree robbery, habitual property crime

WAILUKU — A 36-year-old man was arrested for robbery after he was seen punching and attempting to steal items from another man who was on a bench in Lahaina town Wednesday morning, according to police.

Adrian Sugiyama, who gave no local address, was charged with second-degree robbery and habitual property crime.

A Lahaina patrol officer reported seeing Sugiyama assault the other man as he was sitting on a bench fronting Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at 889 Front St. at 7:57 a.m. Wednesday, according to a declaration filed in court to support the arrest. When the officer activated his siren, Sugiyama crossed Front Street and was stopped by construction workers, according to police.

Sugiyama was arrested and charged with robbery after other witnesses reported seeing Sugiyama assaulting and trying to steal items from the victim while he was asleep, according to the declaration.

During Sugiyama’s initial appearance Thursday afternoon in Lahaina District Court, convening in Wailuku, Deputy Prosecutor Anthony Herndon asked for bail to be increased to $125,000 for Sugiyama based on the allegations and his criminal record of seven convictions, including four for felony offenses, since 2018.

Herndon said Sugiyama was being charged as a persistent and repeat offender, noting he was placed on four years’ probation in November for second-degree assault.

Deputy Public Defender David Pullman asked that Sugiyama’s bail remain at the $1,000 set by police.

“What the state is requesting would be basically denying bail entirely,” Pullman said.

Judge Kirstin Hamman granted the prosecution’s request to increase bail.

“Based on the defendant’s record, the nature of the charges, the court is concerned about the safety of the community,” Hamman said. “There are allegations of violence.”

Sugiyama was ordered to have no contact with witnesses and to stay away from 889 Front St.

Sugiyama is on probation for attacking a bicyclist with a broomstick and baton on Lahainaluna Road.

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

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