New law makes threats with fake guns a felony

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Aug 23 2013 01:51:00 PM HST

20-year-old Timothy Maioho

HONOLULU -

A man accused of threatening a woman with a fake gun will be the first to be tried under a new law that makes that offense a felony.

20-year old Timothy Maioho was indicted on a charge of terroristic threatening for the Aug. 14 incident.

Court documents say the woman spotted Maioho holding what she thought was a gun in the parking lot near the Jack in the Box at South King and Kalakaua.

She claims when she got out of her car he pointed the instrument towards her.

The weapon was later described as a BB gun with the orange tip painted over.

Maioho could have been charged with a misdemeanor if the incident happened just a month earlier before the new law took effect.

The felony charge carries a maximum five-year prison term.

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