A 49-year-old Makawao man was charged with attempted murder for an attack on a homeless woman whose neck was slit with a letter opener during a gathering early Tuesday in a Lahaina apartment, police said.
Calvin Borge was being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center, with his bail set at $100,000. He was charged with second-degree attempted murder.
Police said the attack was unprovoked, with the victim having no indication that she was about to be assaulted. She had barely known Borge, police said.
The assault occurred at 2:22 a.m. while the 53-year-old victim and her fiance were in the apartment on Wainee Street, along with the homeowner, Borge and Borge's fiancee. All had been consuming alcoholic beverages before the assault, police said.
According to statements from witnesses, the victim and Borge had conversed briefly before the assault. Witnesses told police Borge approached the woman from behind, got her in a rear neck hold and used an envelope opener with a semiserrated blade to slit the front portion of her neck from left to right, crossing her esophagus.
She shrieked and fell to the ground, where she was tended to by friends, police said. The woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment and was later released in satisfactory condition, police said.
Police records show that Borge was arrested at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
A 42-year-old Makawao woman who had been arrested in the attempted murder investigation was released pending further investigation of the charge Wednesday afternoon, police said.
But she continued to be held on warrants, police said.