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Bail raised to $5,000 for man accused of threatening neighbor

WAILUKU — Bail was increased to $5,000 for a man who was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening his neighbor in Kipahulu.

Gerald Poole, 40, was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, Poole’s neighbors reported hearing him screaming and yelling from his residence and a neighbor went there out of concern for Poole’s wife, according to a declaration filed in court to support the charges. Poole was seen throwing items around his front yard before exposing himself to the neighbor and trying to punch him, according to the declaration.

The neighbor got Poole to calm down before he began yelling and threatening to kill the neighbor and his family, according to the declaration.

The neighbor had gone back to his house when police arrived to find Poole in what appeared to be “an altered mental state,” according to the declaration.

During his initial appearance Tuesday in Hana District Court, convening in Wailuku, Deputy Prosecutor Lewis Littlepage asked for bail to be increased from $1,200 to $5,000 for Poole.

“We do feel he’s a danger to the community,” Littlepage said. “He’s threatening to kill the family that lives next door.”

Littlepage said Poole has lived in the state for less than three years and appears to be unemployed.

Deputy Public Defender Zach Raidmae asked for bail to remain at the lower amount.

He said Poole “is not well.”

Just before the hearing Tuesday, Poole had been brought into the videoconference room at the courthouse cellblock and “was not behaving properly” before he was taken out and handcuffed, Raidmae said.

Judge Chris Dunn increased bail to $5,000.

“There’s some troubling behavior alleged, both in terms of violence and threat of violence and antisocial behavior,” Dunn said.

He set a continued initial appearance for Poole for today.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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