Bail maintained for suspect in stabbing in Haliimaile

Bail was maintained at $500,000 Friday for the suspect in a Tuesday stabbing in Haliimaile who was apprehended a day later in South Maui.

Wailuku District Court Judge Blaine Kobayashi continued bail for Kaikala Young, 26, who is charged with second-degree attempted murder in the stabbing of a 32-year-old man at Haliimaile Park on Tuesday evening.

A preliminary hearing and bail hearing are scheduled for next Tuesday.

Kobayashi rejected a request by the prosecution to increase bail to $1 million. The judge did grant various conditions should Young make bail, including that he stay away from the victim in the case, as well as Haliimaile Park and the property in Kihei to where he fled.

Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Martin said that the victim was still in critical condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center and needed to undergo surgery to save his life.

He said the victim suffered a stab wound to his chest from a 7-inch knife.

In asking for the increased bail, Martin pointed to the “extreme violent crime” and how police had to chase down Young in South Maui on Wednesday.

Police spotted Young in a vehicle at the ABC Store near Kamaole Beach Park I. When a police cruiser turned on its blue lights, Young sped off heading mauka, Martin said.

Police then found Young in a vehicle backed into a parking space at the Kealii Ocean Villas, where he allegedly drove toward an officer in a narrow garage area to escape, Martin said.

Young proceeded to the area of Walua and Puu Mala places and then fled on foot. Police later were able to apprehend him, Martin said.

Deputy Public Defender Tyler Stevenson objected to the increase in bail noting that information regarding Young’s background and his personal circumstances still needs to be sorted out for the court.

Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the tennis courts at Haliimaile Park following a stabbing report. Police said the suspect in the case, later identified as Young, had fled the scene in a sedan.

The sedan was later recovered by police and had been abandoned.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.


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