Man convicted of setting fire to his ex-wife’s workplace, threatening employees with gun

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Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 3:15 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 11, 2022 at 3:53 PM HST

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 41-year-old man has been found guilty on multiple charges after setting his ex-wife’s workplace on fire and threatening employees with a gun in 2019.

An Oahu grand jury on Thursday found Casey Asato of arson, terroristic threatening and reckless endangering.

On Feb. 21, 2019, Asato showed up at the Kakaako auto body shop where his wife worked and threatened several employees with a gun and fired it once as a warning shot.

He then allegedly set fire to the building, causing significant damage.

Earlier in the day, Asato and his ex-wife had an argument at the business and she called police, then left.

Police launched a manhunt for Asato, eventually leading them to Waikele.

Asato pointed a gun at officers, prompting one of them to fire shots at Asato, leaving him critically injured.

“The Department is very pleased with this verdict, which will keep Asato behind bars for many years,” said Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm. “I hope that this brings some measure of comfort and safety to Asato’s victims, particularly his ex-wife, and we will be seeking the maximum prison term for him.”

Asato was also found guilty of threatening his ex-wife on several previous occasions.

He has been taken into custody pending his sentencing on Nov. 5.

This story will be updated.

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