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Air Force sergeant appears in court on attempted murder charges

    Staff Sgt. Claude Custard twists together cable wires prior to attaching it to a ground connector Oct. 19. He is setting up a secondary distribution center generator by hooking up power cables and ground wires. This unit takes a high-voltage power from the main generators and converts it into lower voltage to the wall outlets at the MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle site. Sergeant Custard is assigned to the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron electric shop and is deployed from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

A 33-year-old Air Force sergeant appeared in Hono­lulu District Court on Tuesday on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and weapons charges in connection with an early morning shooting Saturday outside a Pearl City strip club.

Air Force Tech Sgt. Claude Custard of Ewa Beach is accused of shooting at two 24-year-old men Saturday morning. He turned himself in at the main police station at 8:40 p.m. Saturday.

Police said Custard had an argument with one of the men in the Princess Palace strip club at the Pearl City Business Plaza and that the fracas continued in the back parking lot at 803 Kamehameha Highway shortly after 2 a.m.

Custard allegedly fired a handgun as one of the two men drove off, striking one man multiple times and critically injuring him, then fired at and missed a second man before fleeing, police said.

Custard, an electrician with the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.


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