Ex-boyfriend of missing pregnant woman indicted on murder charge

Ex-boyfriend of missing pregnant woman indicted on murder charge
Steven Capobianco's July 2014 mugshot
Steven Capobianco's July 2014 mugshot
Capobianco's June 2014 mugshot
Capobianco's June 2014 mugshot
Capobianco's April 2014 mugshot
Capobianco's April 2014 mugshot

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The ex-boyfriend of missing Maui pregnant woman Charli Scott has been indicted for her murder.

Officials confirm Steven Capobianco was served with an arrest warrant at the Maui Community Correctional Center, where he has been in custody since June when he was picked up by Maui police on suspicion of allegedly threatening a member of Scott's family.

"He was arrested earlier this morning after the indictments came back with the bench warrants.  Police picked up the bench warrant and since they knew he was being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center for another case -- a different case --  they picked him up," said John D. Kim, Maui County's Prosecuting Attorney.

A Maui grand jury indicted Capobianco on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Carly "Charli" Scott on Friday, July 11.  He was also indicted on arson charges for allegedly setting fire to Scott's property.

27-year-old Charli Scott was five-months pregnant with Steven Capobianco's son when she went missing.  Capobianco was the last person to see Scott on February 9, 2014 and has been a top person of interest for Maui P.D., but officials say it took months of perseverance to build their case.

"We decided that the case was ready to go forward. We had to wait for the investigation to come together from the police department," Kim said.

Hawaii News Now spoke to Capobianco exclusively in February and he denied any involvement in her disappearance.

Capobianco says his car broke down near Keanae and he called Scott to ask for help.

-- Scott picked him up at home and drove him back out to his car, where she waited for him to finish fixing it before following him back to Haiku. Capobianco claims he lost sight of her headlights in his rear-view mirror when he sped ahead.

Scott was never heard from nor seen again.According to Capobianco, Scott's dog Nala was with her in the car when she picked him up.

A day after she disappeared, Nala was found 20 miles southeast of the spot where Scott reportedly took Capobianco to fix his car along the Hana Highway near mile marker 20 in Keanae.

Two days later, her torched car was found 20 miles in the opposite direction off Peahi Road near the popular surf spot, Jaws. Five days after she went missing, volunteers found some of Scott's clothes in an area off the Hana Highway nearby where Capobianco's car reportedly broke down.

Police sources say they also recovered blood, a tooth and a bone. Maui Police reclassified Scott's disappearance as a homicide investigation in March.

24-year-old Capobianco has been arrested three times since then, though none of the charges were related to Scott's murder.

Capobianco's most recent arrest on June 16 was for terroristic threatening in the first degree, after sources say he was accused of threatening a member of Scott's family. According to police, Capobianco sent a SnapChat message to several people, including a 16-year-old female, and a member of Scott's family. The message contained an image and statement implying someone would get hurt.

According to police, officers discovered a 4" - 6" dual edged knife, disguised as a belt buckle and sheathed within the belt on Capobianco when they picked him up.

Maui police confirm Capobianco was not charged with terroristic threatening, though that case is still under investigation. He was charged with possession of a deadly weapon and violating the terms and conditions of his bail release.

Bond was set at $502,000, but Capobianco has remained in custody after his bail was revoked on an unrelated case. Capobianco was arrested on felony theft and burglary charges in May.

He is accused of breaking into a Haiku home on Eono Place last September and stealing jewelry, a laptop and a desktop computer.

He is also suspected of slashing a vehicle's tires before leaving.

Capobianco is scheduled for an arraignment on the murder and arson charges Tuesday.  His bail has been set at $2 million.

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