Man accused of sexually assaulting woman in Maui mall appears in court

Charles Cowans
Charles Cowans

A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Maui Mall appeared in court on Wednesday.

Maui Police say Charles Cowans assaulted the woman on Friday.

The victim testified in court and described how she tried to get away from Cowans but she said Cowans grabbed her and dragged her back in the dressing room.

According to public safety officials, Cowans was released from jail the day before after serving time for violating terms of his probation.

He was sentenced in 1992 on attempted murder and kidnapping charges.

Cowans is being held at the Wailuku police station on $1 million bail.

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