Man gets five years in prison for striking woman in car

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A 54-year-old man who punched a woman through her vehicle and stole her cellphone in the Home Depot parking lot was sentenced to five years in prison on July 15.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill handed the sentence down to Brian Bigelow, who police said was homeless at the time of the crime on Jan. 11, 2020.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” Bigelow said during sentencing. “I’m not a bad guy.”

“I just want to apologize to the court and the community.”

Deputy Public Defender Jeffrey Wolfenbarger said surveillance cameras show Bigelow acting like someone was chasing him that day.

“He wanted to call his mom who lives in Arizona,” Wolfenbarger explained.

“He’s is not a bad person,” he added. “It’s something that has happened and he has to deal with it.”

Deputy Prosecutor J.W. Hupp said it was a “terrifying case” for the victim as the defendant approached her when she was sitting in her car.

Bigelow struck her and grabbed her phone, Hupp said. When he ran away, others in the area chased after him.

“It was quite the scene with people chasing after him,” Hupp said.

Police said that the victim told them that Bigelow also struck her with her own cellphone and walked to the front of the vehicle and used the phone to hit her hood.

Police also chased Bigelow, who was located nearby at Dairy and Airport Access roads, police said.

In a plea agreement, Bigelow pleaded no contest to first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, third-degree theft and second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer. Other charges were dismissed.

Cahill ordered the five-year term on the unauthorized entry charge and one year in jail on the other two misdemeanor charges. The sentences will run concurrently.


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