Terroristic threatening suspect indicted under hate crimes statute

Thomas Fiust
Thomas Fiust

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of making threatening phone calls to his neighbor in Waialae Nui has been indicted under Hawaii's hate crimes statute.

An Oahu grand jury on Tuesday formally charged Thomas Fiust, 37, with first-degree terroristic threatening. The indictment states that if the defendant is convicted, he may face an extended term of imprisonment for intentionally selecting the victim "because of hostility toward the actual or perceived race, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation."

An Aha Maka Way resident told investigators that Fiust, his neighbor of more than 25 years, left a message on his telephone recorder threatening to blow up his house if he and his family didn't move out of the neighborhood. According to court documents, the suspect allegedly stated that he would kill anyone who's Jewish.

Fiust is scheduled to be arraigned at Circuit Court September 7th.

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