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Man accused of striking victim in chest with hatchet

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man was arrested for allegedly using a hatchet to assault another man Wednesday near a Kahului bus stop.

Elias Onobay, 53, of Kahului was charged with second-degree assault.

He and the other man got into an argument about the other man’s collection of recyclables at 12:08 p.m. near the bus stop fronting Walmart, according to a declaration filed in court to support Onobay’s arrest. The other man pushed Onobay’s shopping cart before both men took fighting stances, according to the declaration.

Then Onobay took a hatchet from his shopping cart and struck the other man in his chest, police said.

The victim suffered a laceration, Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Kent said during Onobay’s initial appearance Thursday in Wailuku District Court.

Police described the hatchet as 1 foot long with a wooden handle.

Kent asked that bail remain at $1,000 for Onobay, based on the allegations.

Deputy Public Defender Gustavo Gonzalez asked for Onobay to be released on supervision.

Onobay doesn’t have a criminal record and recently got a full-time job, Gonzalez said. He said Onobay has family on Maui and has lived here for 17 years.

“This is the first time he has any kind of run-in with law enforcement,” Gonzalez said.

Judge Kirstin Hamman granted Onobay’s request to be released on supervision. He was ordered to stay away from the victim and from the area of Pakaula and Hookele streets in Kahului.

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