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Bail upped for man accused of assaulting stranger, officer

WAILUKU — Bail was increased to $50,000 for a man who allegedly threw a glass bottle at a stranger and assaulted a police officer before he was arrested Tuesday in Paia town.

Ruben Rosado, 31, was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, harassment, fourth-degree criminal property damage, first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

He appeared by videoconference from the courthouse cellblock for his initial appearance Thursday in Wailuku District Court.

In asking for Rosado’s bail to be increased to $100,000, Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Kent detailed the crimes that started shortly before noon Tuesday when Rosado allegedly threw a glass bottle at a random stranger walking on the sidewalk along Baldwin Avenue in an unprovoked attack.

The bottle struck the man in the face and shattered, causing injuries including a skull fracture and concussion, Kent said. He said that as Rosado walked away, the victim’s girlfriend followed, as did another bystander who had seen what happened.

Rosado turned and charged the bystander while holding another bottle and making threats to harm him, Kent said.

When police arrived and made contact with Rosado, he fled into Choice Health Bar and struck a police officer with a glass bowl, Kent said.

He said police twice used a Taser to try to subdue Rosado and attempted to use a Taser a third time when Rosado struck the officer a second time with a food container.

“Other businesses in the area had to take action and intervene,” Kent said. “Customers had to run from defendant. Employees had to chase him from businesses.”

He said Rosado posed “an extreme danger to the community.”

Rosado has five prior felony convictions, including ones for second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal property damage and second-degree theft, and seven prior convictions for contempt of court, as well as convictions for third-degree criminal property damage, harassment and fourth-degree theft, Kent said.

He said that on April 16, a little more than a week before he was arrested in Paia, Rosado was released on supervision in a Family Court case charging him with two counts of abuse.

Deputy Public Defender Gustavo Gonzalez asked for bail to remain at the $27,000 set by police, saying it was unlikely Rosado would be able to post that amount.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi set bail at $50,000.

Rosado was ordered to stay away from the victims and from Paia town, including its businesses, residences, parks and parking lots.

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

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