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Man accused of trying to steal grill, resisting arrest

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Bail was increased to $10,000 for a man who allegedly pushed a barbecue grill into a store manager, then pushed a police officer to the ground before being arrested Friday in Kihei.

Maverick Lau, 29, of Kahului was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

The manager was setting up the grill in the parking lot of Times Supermarket at 1310 S. Kihei Road when Lau allegedly tried to steal the grill, Deputy Prosecutor Brant Yoshimoto said during Lau’s initial appearance Tuesday in Wailuku District Court.

When the manager grabbed the grill from Lau, he pushed it into her, causing the grill to fall, Yoshimoto said.

He said Lau took a fighting stance when police officers arrived and lunged at an officer before pushing an officer to the ground. Lau tried to punch the officer when the officer grabbed Lau, who continued resisting, Yoshimoto said.

While Yoshimoto asked for Lau’s bail to be increased from $2,200, Deputy Public Defender William Pannell asked for bail to be lowered to $300.

Judge Kirstin Hamman granted the prosecution’s request to increase bail to $10,000 “given the nature of the allegations and the defendant’s criminal record.”

Lau was ordered to stay away from the victims and from Times Supermarket in Kihei.

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