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Washington man accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A Washington man was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend in Lahaina while she had a court order prohibiting him from contacting or injuring her.

Nicholas Lauver, 27, of Bellevue was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, four counts of felony abuse and violating an order for protection.

During his initial appearance Tuesday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Brant Yoshimoto said the no-contact order issued Dec. 1 in Bellevue prohibited Lauver from injuring and contacting the woman.

After arriving on Maui on Saturday, Lauver and the woman were with friends and he was intoxicated when an argument turned physical, Yoshimoto said.

Lauver allegedly repeatedly pushed the woman onto the floor and grabbed her neck four times, impeding her breathing, Yoshimoto said.

He said it also was reported that Lauver twice grabbed her by her hair while she was trying to run away and allegedly pulled her to the ground before slamming her head to the ground. “The witnesses thought the defendant was going to kill her,” Yoshimoto said.

He asked for bail to remain at $8,000 for Lauver.

Deputy Public Defender Emily Collins asked for Lauver to be released on supervision. He works full time and wants to return to Washington while the case is pending, Collins said.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi kept bail at $8,000. Lauver was ordered to stay away from the woman and abide by any protective orders. He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to report for random testing.

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