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Oahu grand jury indicts alleged Haleiwa slasher


    John F. Mayhew made his first court appearance in District Court on April 21. An Oahu grand jury today indicted the 54-year-old after he allegedly slashed a grocery store employee’s neck in Haleiwa.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment today charging a 54-year-old man who allegedly slashed a grocery store employee’s neck in Haleiwa.

John F. Mayhew was charged in the indictment with attempted second-degree murder for the attack on Jerry Pedro, an assistant manager at Malama Market.

He remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Mayhew stabbed Pedro two times with a small knife at Malama Market on April 18, then dragged the blade across Pedro’s neck, a court document said. Mayhew also repeatedly called Pedro “a vampire,” the document said.

Emergency Medical Services personnel transported Pedro, who sustained a lacerated trachea, to the Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition. He has since been upgraded to stable condition.

Malama Market spokeswoman Sheryl Toda said in an email today that Pedro is out of the intensive care unit but remains hospitalized.

“He is recovering and will be able to go home soon,” she said. “There has been an outpouring of support from the community and everyone at Malama Market Haleiwa is so grateful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers for Jerry.”

Mayhew has a long criminal record that includes terroristic threatening, harassment, abuse of a family or a household member, assault, assault of a police officer, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

A mental health court panel indicated Mayhew has schizophrenia, according to court records related to a terroristic threatening case.

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