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Man accused of breaking into home, wielding knife

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A Kihei man was arrested early Wednesday for allegedly breaking into a residence and threatening another man.

Tavake Itaaehau, 29, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree terroristic threatening.

He was arrested after the victim reported that Itaaehau broke into the garage unit on the Kanoe Street property at 1:15 a.m. and confronted the victim with a knife, according to a declaration filed in court to support the charges.

Itaaehau allegedly entered the unit with a knife and threatened to kill the other man “by cutting up his body and burying him, while wielding the knife” and making slashing motions, Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Kent said during the defendant’s initial appearance Thursday in Wailuku District Court.

Itaaehau told police he had entered the unit without permission to confront the other man but denied using a knife, according to the declaration. Police reported finding a knife just inside the door to the unit and finding damage to the door consistent with a break-in.

Kent said Itaaehau had moved into the house on the property owned by his family four days earlier.

Kent asked for Itaaehau’s bail to be increased to $5,000.

Deputy Public Defender Gustavo Gonzalez opposed an increase and asked for Itaaehau to be released, saying he has a full-time job and no criminal history in the state.

Judge Michelle Drewyer kept bail at $1,000.

Itaaehau was ordered to have no contact with the other man and to stay away from the home.

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