Lahaina Man Held on $1.25 M Bail for Alleged Crime Spree Including Kīhei Stabbing

January 31, 2020, 10:19 AM HST · Updated January 31, 3:57 PM
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Phillip Schorvitz, 44, of Lahaina. PC: Maui Police Department

Maui police arrested a Lahiana man after an alleged crime spree that included the theft of tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise in Wailea and a knife attack in Kīhei.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at around 2:14 p.m., Phillip Schorvitz, 44 of Lahaina, was arrested for second degree attempted murder, second degree robbery and first degree theft.  He was arrested again the following day, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at around 3:10 p.m., for third degree assault and third degree criminal property damage.

Police say that at around 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Schorvitz entered a store in the Wailea and fled with merchandise valued at about $69,584.  Court documents indicate that Schorvitz was ordered not to return to Tourneau, a fine watch retailer in Wailea.

While exiting, police say Schorvitz ran into an employee who was knocked to the ground. The employee reportedly sustained an injury to the back of the head and was treated at the Maui Memorial Medical Center, but is expected to recover.

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About a half an hour later at 11:07 a.m., police say Schorvitz entered the manager’s office at a Kīhei condominium where he allegedly confronted the site manager and sprayed him with pepper spray, according to department reports. Police say the manager followed Schorvitz outside, where the suspect allegedly attacked the manager with a knife, according to police.

Sources say the stabbing occurred at the Ke Aliʻi Ocean Villas in Kīhei. The manager was treated at the Maui Memorial Medical Center for life threatening injuries sustained in the attack.

Schorvitz was charged for the above offenses, and remained in custody where he was being held in lieu of $1,250,000 bail.

Schorvitz made his initial court appearance on Thursday and is scheduled to return for a preliminary hearing and bail hearing on Monday.

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