Man accused of swinging stick at store manager

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man was arrested after he allegedly swung a stick at a Lahaina store manager who followed the man after he left the store without paying for a backpack Saturday.

Juston Littleton, 34, who gave no local address, was charged with first-degree robbery, fourth-degree theft and habitual property crime.

Police records show he was arrested shortly before 1 p.m.

During his initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Brant Yoshimoto asked for bail to be increased from $6,000 to $15,000 for Littleton.

He went to the Hawaiian Island Creations store at Lahaina Cannery Mall, grabbed a Billabong backpack and walked out, Yoshimoto said. When a store manager followed Littleton, he swung a 3-foot wooden stick at the manager from about 6 feet away and told the manager he was going to kill him, Yoshimoto said.

He said Littleton has prior convictions for four counts of contempt of court, three counts of failure to appear, leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, two counts of second-degree criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.

Littleton asked to be released on supervision, with Deputy Public Defender William Pannell saying the defendant didn’t have money to post bail.

Judge Michelle Drewyer kept bail at $6,000 for Littleton. He was ordered to stay away from Lahaina Cannery Mall.


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