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EUGENE, Ore. - A man accused of throwing a Japanese tourist off a cliff in Hawaii left a trail of mayhem in his wake in western Oregon, where he set fire to a church and led police on a 70 mph chase - on an ATV.
Police in Kaua'i arrested Justin Wynn Klein, 37, on Saturday. He is charged with attempted murder for the December 16 attack on a 31-year-old Japanese woman.
Klein had been on the run since witnesses reported seeing him throw the woman from a cliff in the Kalalau Valley on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. The woman suffered serious injuries and spent over a week in the hospital before she could return home to Japan.
Klein is being held on $1 million bail pending trial.
By being in Hawaii, Klein was in violation of his probation on arson and burglary convictions for a June 2010 fire at the Eugene Christian Fellowship, according to the Lane County District Attorney's Office. Oregon declined to extradite Klein back to the state because he likely wouldn't be held for long in the overcrowded Lane County, an official told KVAL News.
In July 2009, law enforcement in the Coos Bay area nabbed Klein after he drove 70 mph the wrongway on a one-way street on an ATV while wearing a ski mask.