Man released in robbery, kidnapping

A man who was arrested after women reported being followed and confronted by occupants of a light-colored sport utility vehicle in West Maui was released Wednesday after charges against him were declined, police said.

Brandon Sanchez, 28, of Kula had been charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and kidnapping after two women walking on the makai shoulder of Honoapiilani Highway near Honolua Bay reported the driver ordered them into a sport utility vehicle while saying he had a gun at 8:37 p.m. Saturday, police said.

He also was charged with first-degree robbery of a woman who reported she was walking in the 1200 block of Front Street when a passenger of a sport utility vehicle got out, pointed a gun at her and demanded her belongings, which she threw on the ground. She called police at 8:41 p.m. Saturday.

Sanchez and a 28-year-old Kula woman were arrested Sunday, according to police records.

Police said the woman was released pending investigation.

Asked why Sanchez was released, Maui police spokeswoman Alana Pico said, “At this time, the filed charges were declined. He was not wrongly arrested and he is still a suspect in the case.”


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