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Woman accused of attacking victim with pipe and stealing her car

The Maui News

A woman was arrested for allegedly attacking another woman with a metal pipe at Kahului Harbor and driving away in the victim’s car Saturday.

Lindsey Keanini, 34, of Kahului was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, habitual property crime and driving without a license.

She allegedly used a metal pipe or pole to try to strike the victim, who was able to ward off the blow before being struck in the arm, Deputy Prosecutor Joshua Kent said during Keanini’s initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court. He said Keanini then allegedly entered the victim’s car and drove away.

Keanini, who has prior convictions for second- and third-degree theft and third-degree assault, was later located at Piihana Farms in Wailuku, Kent said.

While the prosecution asked for bail to be increased from $2,000 to $3,500 for Keanini, she asked to be released on supervision.

Keanini started a new job Friday and wanted to attend a college course Wednesday, said Deputy Public Defender Joan Tuers.

In releasing the defendant on supervision, Judge Chris Dunn said he considered the alleged crimes and her convictions as well as her lack of convictions for not appearing in court.

“The court doesn’t view her as a flight risk,” he said.

Keanini was ordered to stay away from Kahului Harbor and the other woman.

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