LIHUE — A man facing two counts of assault in an alleged Sept. 16 stabbing in the parking lot of a Hanalei restaurant was arrested Thursday, booked in police cellblock and is out on bail.
Michael Beck, 28, of Moloa’a, is facing one count of assault in the first degree, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and one count of assault in the second degree, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Preliminary investigations pointed to Beck being physically attacked by multiple subjects in the parking lot of Tahiti Nui shortly after 11:30 p.m., resulting in multiple injuries to 21-year-old Miles Barsotti, of Kilauea, according to Kauai Police Department.
“Police are still investigating what appears to be an act of self defense,” KPD representatives said in a Sept. 19 news release.
But, Nov. 9, the Fifth Circuit Grand Jury indicted Beck on both charges. The indictment alleges that Beck intentionally or knowingly caused serious bodily injury to Barsotti with a dangerous instrument, according to a news release from the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.
Beck posted $10,000 in bail Thursday. His initial court appearance will be on Nov. 28.