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Prosecutors: cocaine, marijuana, anxiety meds found in Stangel's car

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu prosecutors say different types of drugs and weapons were found in Toby Stangel's car after police obtained a search warrant for it. Stangel is the one accused of Friday's shooting rampage that left one person dead and two others wounded.

Instead of having an open preliminary hearing, prosecutors presented the high-profile case to an Oahu grand jury behind closed doors Wednesday. The panel later returned a 20-count indictment, including murder, attempted murder, and drug and firearms offenses.

Police and others who found themselves involved in a pastor's son's alleged shooting spree Friday emerged from the grand jury room after testifying about their ordeal.

According to court documents, two officers, who were on an unrelated traffic stop, each reported seeing a "muzzle flash" and hearing "popping sounds" when Toby Stangel, 28, drove up to them.

"He stopped approximately 10 to 12 feet away from them and began opening fire on them as they ducked for cover," Dean Young, deputy prosecutor, said.

By then, investigators say the suspect had already left a trail of destruction.

Tammy Nguyen, 54, a wife and mother of 10, was killed. Two others are recovering from their gunshot wounds.

Prosecutors say Stangel used a nine-millimeter, semi-automatic firearm with a prohibited magazine.

"The casings, cartridge casings, recovered from each of the firearm scenes, shooting scenes, all the casings were identical, all matched up to this particular firearm," Young said.

Police say they saw a knife in a sheath, a gun magazine, and bullets in the suspect's car at the scene. On Wednesday, prosecutors revealed more.

"During the search warrant, there was numerous drugs," Young said. "There was drug paraphernalia. There was a 10- to 12-inch long knife, hunting knife, as well as a pair of brass knuckles."

Prosecutors identified the drugs as cocaine, marijuana and Alprazolam, which is normally used to treat anxiety disorders.

Bail was confirmed at $5 million.

"The defendant is a major offender, a danger to the victims and the community," Young said.

The next step for Stangel is a Circuit Court arraignment. A date has not yet been set.

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