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Haiku man accused of threatening a woman with sickle

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man was arrested Saturday for allegedly burglarizing a Kahului residence and later threatening a woman with a sickle.

Tyree Robinson, 37, of Haiku was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree terroristic threatening.

He refused to be transported to the courtroom Tuesday for his initial appearance in Wailuku District Court, said Deputy Public Defender Mariana Lowy-Gerstmar.

In the burglary case, Robinson allegedly entered a residence on Kunu Place and stole a sickle Saturday, said Deputy Prosecutor Brant Yoshimoto. He said that when Robinson was confronted by a resident, “he simply said, ‘sorry,’ and left with the sickle.”

Later that day, Robinson allegedly threw something at a woman in a car parked at Minit Stop at 85 S. Wakea Ave., Yoshimoto said. When the woman got out of her car, Robinson held the sickle while telling her to get back in her car “or I’m going to use this on you,” Yoshimoto said.

In asking for bail to be increased from $5,000 to $10,000 for Robinson in the threatening case, Yoshimoto said Robinson faces mandatory minimum sentencing if convicted as charged in both cases. Robinson has a conviction for first-degree burglary in a 2017 case.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi kept bail at a total of $25,000 in both cases.

Based on the alleged facts and Robinson’s criminal history, he “poses a danger to the safety and welfare of our community,” Kobayashi said.

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