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Kahului man accused of jabbing knife at woman

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman with a knife Thursday at a Kahului condominium.

Alexander Maalea, 50, of Kahului was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree terroristic threatening and abuse.

During his initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas asked for bail to be increased from $2,200 to $7,000 for Maalea.

Temas said Maalea’s actions toward the woman were escalating.

After being convicted of a reduced charge of harassment of the woman, he was placed on probation, Temas said. One day after his probation ended, Maalea was arrested in the assault, Temas said.

“We’re worried the defendant is a danger to the community,” Temas said.

He said Maalea allegedly jabbed a knife toward the woman at the Harbor Lights condominium complex in the latest case.

Maalea asked to be released on supervision or to have his bail reduced. He has a full-time job and wants to return to work, said Deputy Public Defender Emily Collins.

Temas said Maalea has convictions for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, abuse, five counts of contempt of court and two counts of failure to appear.

Judge Chris Dunn kept bail at $2,200.

Maalea was ordered to have no contact with the woman and to stay away from the condominium complex.

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