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UPDATE: Man Arrested for Alleged Threat to Maui Mayor

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   June 12th, 2012 · 24 Comments · Featured, Maui News

Austin James Gerard. Courtesy photo.

By Wendy Osher

(Update: 4:18 p.m. 6/12/12)

A 25-year-old Wailuku man was arrested for allegedly threatening the life of Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, said Maui police.

Maui police have since identified the man as Austin James Gerard, 25, of Wailuku, Maui.

Gerard was placed under arrest for first degree terroristic threatening. He was arrested without incident at his home located on South Market Street.

From there, police say he was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

At about 12:42 p.m., he was released from police custody and admitted to the Molokini Ward for further evaluation.

Timeline of Events

The incident was reported at around 7:35 a.m. when a female walking her dogs near the county building encountered a man brandishing a knife, police said.

According to police reports, when she asked the man what he was going to do with the knife, he allegedly told her that he was going to “murder the mayor.”

The woman immediately left and called 911 to report the incident, police said.

Knife recovered as evidence. Courtesy photo.

Security footage captured the man entering into the county building, where he reportedly asked some county employees where the mayor’s office was located, and then preceded to the 9th floor, according to Maui Police.

Police said upon arriving on the 9th floor the man spoke to the front desk receptionist and asked to see the mayor.

According to police reports, the receptionist told the individual that the mayor was not in yet and asked the man to sign in so she could make an appointment.  The individual left a first name and his phone number and then left without making any additional threats, police said.

Maui Police responded and initiated a “terroristic threatening” investigation. As a result of their investigation, Maui Police said they were able to identify the man.

Police then proceeded to a Wailuku residence and arrested the male without incident at 10:15 a.m.

Maui County - Building Video Footage - Suspect Picture. Courtesy images.

Police say a preliminary investigation revealed that male may have been suffering from possible mental health issues.  The man was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for evaluation.

Mayor Arakawa Comments

In response to the situation, Mayor Arakawa said he does not plan to change his open door policy, and said the 9th floor doors will remain unlocked as they have been since the start of his administration last year.

“I feel this is an isolated incident,” Arakawa said. “I am thankful to police for their quick response and to this witness who reported the incident so promptly. But these doors will remain open. People need to feel free to come in, make an appointment and talk to their government officials.”

***Supporting information courtesy: Maui Police Department.

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  • JSantos

    Whatta Moke!  A total Maroon!  :D

    • AUSTIN101

       JAMES SANTOS! SHUT YOUR TRAP!

  • That’s My Cousin

    eh if you don’t know him or know what was going through his head…MIND YOUR BUSINESS

    • JSantos

      LOL!!  Your cousin is a MOKE!  Its OUR business when he threatens a publicly elected official in a public space.  Sorry.

    • 101

       FAKA FAKA

  • Sweet_jamie808

    Well he is my brother and he would never do that and you know nOthing about him he has a mental disorder and he’s not in the right state of mind so if you know nothing don’t say nothing

    • Rod Antone

      Aloha Jamie, we are sorry to hear that your brother had an episode this morning. He has sold some of our staff his pickled mango before and we were surprised at what happened. Unfortunately with the threat and the knife we had to take it seriously and report it to police. I hope that he receives the help he needs and gets better.

      • Sweet_jamie808

        Thank you rod.what exactly happened?

        • Rod Antone

          The report posted above is accurate, but if you would like to talk to someone personally about what happened you can call my office at 270-8222 or email me at rod.antone@co.maui.hi.us

        • Maui Estrada

          Was is she defending a murder person

          • Mary

            Because that must be her brother dummy! Hello of course any family member will defend there family!

    • JSantos

      Im sorry, but when someone who has mental disorders starts to act out his plan to kill someone, all bets are off.  You are lucky the news today wasnt that MPD shot and killed your brother trying to kill the mayor.  He was a few steps away from that tragedy.  What if his target was a small child playing on play ground.  Im sure your excuses would be pouring in over the death of the child.   

      Clearly he needs to be locked up for the safety of all.  I empathize with you and your situation, but you need a reality check.  Family members are rarely correct when it comes to the judgment of their relatives.  How many times have we seen family members come on here defending the heinous actions of their relatives?  I would say, every time.  No more excuses.

      • JSantos

        Our community just dodged a serious bullet today.

        • MauiEstrada

          James satos

  • Waiehuboy2

    jsantos its easy for talk when you dont know the whole situation . maui definitely dont need more people like you

    • JSantos

      What would you be saying when instead of going to see the mayor he decided to visit a playground and slide that knife deep into a 6 year old girl and she bled out?  Your right, no need for concern.  No big deal.  Who cares.  He was out of his mind.  One time incident.  Wow.  I do feel safer that he is being held.

  • concernedcitizen

    its easy for talk when you dont know the whole situation

    • Guest

      You guys just read the whole story, seen the pictures. It’s him in the photo. They found him and arrested him. No tell us Mpd is corrupt and they set him up too! Damn so much corruption Mpd get (sarcasm), they setting up mental guys now.

      • Gerard

        Brah I should punch u just for saying dat kind stuff

        • Jeeee

          No duh it’s him but when your in a mental state of mind everything changes and you don’t know anything unless it was you keep your trap shut

        • Guest

          Gerard, I know you don’t mean that, because you mental. Also I Neva know they get computers in the molokini ward. Now that’s mental, computers in a psyche ward.

          • Jnkple

            What are you talking about weirdo

          • GUEST

            WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT MENTO

  • Doggie

     Jamie


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