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Manoa harassment suspect scheduled to appear in court

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:38 p.m. HST, Mar 03, 2014

The 22-year-old homeless man, suspected of harassing Manoa residents last month, stood within five inches of his latest victim's face at Ala Moana Center yelling  and threatened to hit him, according to court documents.

The District Court preliminary hearing for Yama Fazzari will be held Tuesday afternoon on his latest charge of first-degree terroristic threatening after he was arrested and charged with threatening a couple at Ala Moana Center Wednesday night. His bail was set at $25,000. First-degree terroristic threatening is a class C felony with a maximum jail term of five years.

The Ala Moana terroristic threatening incident occurred a day after Fazzari was released by a judge after being arrested Feb. 22 for allegedly picking a fight and kicking people at Manoa Valley District Park. His District Court trial for the petty misdemeanor offense is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 21.

According to a police affidavit Fazzari confronted a couple who were leaving Macy's on the shopping center's third floor at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday when Fazzari allegedly approached them.

The suspect then walked up to the 33-year-old male victim bringing his face within five inches of the victim's face and allegedly threatened to hit him, his female companion and a dog.

The 30-year-old female victim started to call police on her cell phone.

At that point the woman said she could hear Fazzari say: ""I'm gonna hit you" to her male companion.

Fazzari fled, but a bystander followed him.

The couple told police while they were reporting the incident to Ala Moana Center security personnel when the suspect returned driving his car within 20 feet and parked nearby. The suspect then began walking towards the couple, but retreated when he saw security personnel approaching him.

A police patrol officer saw Fazzari's gold colored Toyota Camry at Piikoi Street and Kapiolani Boulevard five minutes later at a stop light and pulled him over a few blocks later because the car had a defective rear right tail light. The couple later identified the suspect in a field line up.

Last week a District Court judge granted Fazzari supervised release over the objections of a deputy city prosecutor. The judge also rejected a request that Fazzari undergo substance abuse assessment and treatment.

Fazzari also was ordered to stay away from Manoa Valley District Park.

Police have said Fazzari is believed to be the person whom the Manoa Valley Neighborhood Security Watch members said had been harassing residents near Manoa Marketplace and other areas since early February. 

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Big C wrote:
"Last week a District Court judge granted Fazzari supervised release"... Something is wrong with the Judicial System. It seems pretty obvious, that this FAZZARI needs to be held to protect the public. Maybe the Judge should have been the individual that supervised this AH's release.
on March 3,2014 | 11:29AM
droid wrote:
Considering Fazzari has not yet been charged with a crime, holding him would actually be illegal. Blame HPD, not the judge. They can hold any suspect at the cellblock for up to 48 hours, as long as they charge him within that time. Maybe YOU could do better, Detective Big C?
on March 3,2014 | 11:51AM
bluespop wrote:
Fazzari had been charged with harassment, a misdemeanor, when he appeared before the judge the first time. He could have been held for evaluation if the judge deemed him a danger to himself or others.
on March 3,2014 | 12:04PM
NotNasti wrote:
Fazzari WAS charged with a crime. On Feb. 24, a criminal complaint charging Fazzari with harassment was filed in the district court. He appeared before a judge that afternoon, pled not guilty, and a trial date was set for April 21. Over the objection of the prosecuting attorney, the judge released Fazzari on supervised release. On February 28 another criminal complaint was filed in the district court charging Fazzari with terroristic threatening in the first degree, and an preliminary hearing was set for Tuesday, March 4. So . . . not HPD's fault. But hard to fault the judge for letting Fazzari out, considering the first charge was for harassment, a petty misdemeanor, and his prior criminal record was not outstanding.
on March 3,2014 | 12:06PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Reject this and that and next thing someone is dead. I am sure he can release his anger in prison but not for long. I don't mind my tax paying money paying for his room and board. Could be another front page news story if he is released again and someone dead.
on March 3,2014 | 12:04PM
nigelUV001 wrote:
Yama Fazzari ..I don't know about paying for his room and board. Is he from here? What is his background. Could he have been dumped here from another county/ country because he has a trouble maker there. Maybe he needs a ticket back to where he came from. I'm not a hater, I'm just saying Yama Fazzari is not a kind of name I have heard of from the 40 years I have lived in Hawaii.
on March 3,2014 | 02:56PM
gsc wrote:
This guy needs some " GOOD OLD FASHION CRACKS" .......
on March 3,2014 | 12:53PM
Papakolea wrote:
Fazzari's release is only a symptom of a bigger problem. He clearly has some type of substance abuse and/or mental health issue that makes him a danger to himself and the general public. How can our system let him out to terrorize others? Bleeding hearts will say that he has rights and that he's innocent until proven guilty but shouldn't someone have a right to walk in Ala Moana shopping center without being threatened? Is he being released only because nobody has been physically injured or killed? Because if that's the case then the public isn't safe until he makes someone his first victim. At that point, it's reasonable to allow people to carry concealed weapons because our system obviously isn't working to protect "first victims".
on March 3,2014 | 06:00PM
2NDC wrote:
Glad that buggah didn't mess with me. Had he gotten into my face, I would have defended myself and properly articulated the circumstances to responding LE. When I'm don writing my witness statement, bruddah will be going away for a long time.
on March 3,2014 | 07:04PM
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