Bail has been set at $530,000 on charges of possessing a deadly weapon and violating bail conditions for the ex-boyfriend and a person of interest in the murder investigation in the death of Carly "Charli" Scott.
In announcing the arrest of Steven Capobianco, 24, of Lahaina, police emphasized Tuesday morning that the charges against him are not related to the ongoing Scott case or any other ongoing investigation.
He was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. Monday in Wailuku by police Special Response Team and Crime Reduction Unit officers. Police said an all-points bulletin for Capobianco's arrest had been issued Sunday, after he sent a Snapchat message at about 3 a.m. Sunday to several people, including a 16-year-old girl. The message containing an image and statement "was taken as a threat," police said, and was forwarded to the Maui Police Department for investigation.
Bail, weapons violations charged
According to a posting on the "Find Charli Scott" Facebook page, the girl is a Scott family member.
Police officers reported contacting Capobianco by telephone at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. He agreed to meet with the officers in Lahaina town but was later contacted again and said he wouldn't meet with officers, according to police. Officers searched the Lahaina town area but couldn't find Capobianco.
That's when the all-points bulletin was issued.
After his arrest Monday morning, Capobianco was taken to the Wailuku Police Station, where police reported finding him with a 4- to 6-inch, dual-edged knife that was disguised as a belt buckle and sheathed within the belt.
He was arrested on the deadly weapons charge and first-degree terroristic threatening. Capobianco was later released pending further investigation of the threatening charge but was held on the weapons charge.
During Capobianco's initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones asked that his bail on the weapons charge be increased to $10,000. She said that after the threatening Snapchat message was sent to five people, police contacted Capobianco several times Sunday and he refused to turn himself in throughout the night.
At one point Sunday night, Capobianco was at Fleetwood's on Front Street, where he ordered and drank a Long Island iced tea, despite a requirement that he not possess or consume any alcohol as a requirement of his release on bail in his felony case, Jones said.
She said someone was driving Capobianco from Lahaina to Wailuku on Monday morning when he got into an argument with the driver and got out of the car. Capobianco reported to the Maui Intake Service Center, a requirement of his release on bail, before being arrested. When police searched Capobianco, he was wearing the belt with a dagger that was concealed and attached to the belt buckle, Jones said.
"He has shown his dangerousness to the community, as well as his inability to follow court orders," Jones said. "Given his dangerousness, we just ask that the court increase his bail to reflect his conduct."
Deputy Public Defender Nicole List asked that bail remain at $1,000 on the misdemeanor weapons charge. When Capobianco was arrested, he wasn't threatening anyone, she said.
Judge Blaine Kobayashi increased bail to $5,000.
Capobianco is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center in lieu of $500,000 bail on the warrant alleging he violated the terms and conditions of his bail in a 2nd Circuit Court case.
In April, Capobianco was charged with first-degree burglary in a case unrelated to Scott's disappearance, police said.
The burglary case occurred between about 4 p.m. Sept. 18 and 11 a.m. Sept. 19, police said in April. A burglar or burglars rummaged through items at a residence on Eono Place in Haiku, with a Dell laptop computer, valued at $200, and a 20-inch Macintosh computer, valued at $1,400, removed from the home.
Tires on one vehicle at the residence were deflated and tires were slashed on another vehicle. Damage was estimated at $800.
Capobianco had posted a $25,000 bail bond to be released in the burglary case. But that bail was surrendered after his arrest Monday, bringing his total bail to $530,000.
Jones said that Capobianco has a prior drunken-driving conviction and has been given a chance to keep a conviction for second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug off his record if he follows court requirements.
Scott, 27, of Makawao, was five months pregnant when last seen Feb. 9 at her sister's residence in Haiku. Family members said that Scott left the house to help Capobianco, whose car had broken down in Keanae. After initially designating Scott's disappearance as a missing person case, police reclassified it as a homicide investigation.