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Makawao man held on $150,000 bail for alleged robbery and threats

WAILUKU — A Makawao man is facing charges alleging he robbed and threatened a woman after refusing to leave her vehicle.

Rodney Brittain, 40, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree terroristic threatening, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, credit card theft, third-degree assault, third-degree theft and fourth-degree criminal property damage.

The crimes occurred Feb. 20 when Brittain allegedly entered the woman’s pickup truck while she was resting in the vehicle in the Pukalani area, Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Kent said during Brittain’s initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court.

The woman, who knows Brittain, told him to get out but he refused and demanded she drive, Kent said. He said she was driving toward Eddie Tam Memorial Center in Makawao when Brittain accused her of “ratting on him to police” and allegedly took out a Glock handgun and threatened to kill her.

He allegedly punched the dashboard and punched her in the neck, broke off the gear shifter in the truck, then grabbed her cellphone and wallet from her purse before fleeing in a red pickup truck, Kent said.

Police records show Brittain was arrested Friday morning.

Kent said Brittain has 24 prior convictions, including seven for felony offenses. Those include two counts of attempted second-degree meth-amphetamine trafficking, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and prohibited possession of a firearm.

“He presents a significant flight risk and danger to the community,” Kent said, in asking for Brittain’s bail to remain at $150,000. He was being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center.

Judge Keith Tanaka maintained the bail amount.

Brittain was ordered to stay away from the woman. He also was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

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