Man allegedly made threats with blowtorch

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $15,000 for a Kihei man who was arrested for allegedly abusing his wife and threatening her with a blowtorch last week.

Samson Harp, 40, of Kihei was charged with felony abuse and first-degree terroristic threatening.

He was arrested Friday afternoon, police records show.

During Harp’s initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Kent said the allegations against Harp involve strangulation of his wife in the presence of minor children and then threatening her with a blowtorch.

Harp has no prior criminal convictions, said Kent, who asked for bail to remain at $15,000.

Harp asked to be released on supervision, with Deputy Public Defender William Pannell saying the defendant could stay at his tattoo parlor.

In keeping bail at $15,000, Judge Blaine Kobayashi said supervised release wasn’t appropriate, based on the facts and circumstances. He was ordered to stay away from his wife, four minor children and their residence.


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