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Molokai man charged with attempted murder

WAILUKU — A Molokai man who was arrested last month for allegedly firing shots in a residence has been charged with attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend.

The attempted second-degree murder charge was included in an amended complaint against Ama Jacobs, 34.

He also is charged with prohibited possession of a firearm, prohibited possession of firearm ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm on a public highway, keeping a loaded firearm in an improper place, first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony.

Police were called to a residence on Farrington Avenue in Kualapuu on March 26 to investigate a report that Jacobs was shooting a gun in the residence.

Witnesses told police that Jacobs arrived at the residence and fought with his ex-girlfriend on the shoulder of the road fronting the residence before trying to drag her into his car. Others intervened before she and another man went back into the residence.

Jacobs was seen retrieving a rifle from the trunk of his car and approaching the residence before a shot was fired through a living room window into the residence, according to police. Jacobs kicked open the front door and went into the house, where he and the man struggled in the hallway over the rifle before Jacobs fired the weapon again, witnesses told police. The man took the rifle outside and unloaded it before he and Jacobs fought and Jacobs took the rifle, got into his car and fled with his ex-girlfriend on a dirt road, police reported.

She was alone when she returned to the residence in his car at about 6 p.m., police reported.

Jacobs was arrested March 30 in Kualapuu, according to police.

Jacobs was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.

A preliminary hearing for him, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed until he can be transported to court.

If convicted in the case, Jacobs could face mandatory minimum sentencing based on his prior convictions for second-degree assault and prohibited possession of a firearm, according to the complaint against him.

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

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