Career criminal, with more than 70 prior arrests, back in jail

Career criminal, with more than 70 prior arrests, back in jail

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A career criminal known for fighting with police is back in jail and this time, he's expected to remain there for awhile.

He's called the Gingerbread Man -- because he always tries to get away.

Amery Kahale-Sugimura was arrested Tuesday at the Tesoro Gas Station in Kalihi.  Police sources say he was on a stolen motorcycle when Honolulu Police SWAT officers showed up to grab him for an abuse case.

The 37-year old was already out on bail for a violent encounter with police in 2013 where he ended up getting shot.

Police were trying to pull him over on a stolen motorcycle in Aiea, near Alvah Scott Elementary School.  When he crashed, he allegedly broke into an elderly couple's home to try to get away from officers.  He's accused of then, stealing the couple's pickup truck.  When he was cornered he allegedly tried to run over the officers, who opened fire.

Trial for that case is set for September.

Former Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle says he shouldn't have been allowed to bail out for that case given that he already had dozens of prior arrests and convictions.

The prosecutor in the 2013 case, Scott Spallina, did ask the judge to deny bail, but the judge refused and instead raised the bail amount. Sugimura was able to come up with the money and was released.

"It appears this person is able to come up with a large sum of money and cash when necessary to get out so he's being bankrolled," says Carlisle, "While he was on bail he committed another crime, and a significant one."

His bail for the most recent case is 400-thousand dollars.  His attorney doesn't expect him to be able to post so he will likely stay at the Oahu Community Correctional Center until trial for the 2013 case.

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