WAILUKU — A Haiku man was arrested for allegedly using a pistol to threaten another man while trying to take his truck last week at Maliko Bay.
Keliihananui Crabbe, 38, was charged with first-degree robbery.
Crabbe allegedly pistol-whipped the other man and pointed the weapon at him May 28, Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas said during Crabbe’s initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court. Temas said Crabbe also allegedly threatened to use the pistol to “blow the kneecap” off the other man while trying to enter the man’s truck a second time.
In asking for bail to be increased from $10,000 to $50,000, Temas said Crabbe is awaiting trial in two felony cases and had posted bail to be released. A revocation of his bail was being sought based on allegations that he failed to comply with his release requirements, including by testing positive for amphetamine and alcohol use in March, Temas said.
He said Crabbe didn’t show up for trial Tuesday in one of his felony cases so a bench warrant was issued.
Crabbe is on probation for abuse in a 2021 case.
“So he’s out in the community, allegedly he’s committing violent crimes while on bail, while on probation, while pending trial in two felony cases,” Temas said.
Deputy Public Defender Emily Collins asked for bail to remain at $10,000 for Crabbe, who was arrested Tuesday night.
Judge Blaine Kobayashi granted the state’s request to increase bail to $50,000.
“The court believes the defendant poses a significant risk of danger to the safety of our community and the welfare of our community,” Kobayashi said.
Crabbe was ordered to stay away from the victim and from Maliko Bay.
Court records show Crabbe is charged with second-degree assault and abuse in one pending case. In another case, he is charged with first-degree unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, driving without a license and two counts of driving while his license was suspended or revoked.
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