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Puna man charged following Nanawale standoff

A Puna man has been charged following an overnight standoff with police in Nanawale Estates in Pahoa.

On Saturday, detectives charged Dean Hisao Jones, 65, with first-degree reckless endangering, felony abuse of a family or household member, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree criminal property damage, and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony. His bail has been set at $21,000.

According to reports, the charges stem from an incident that began Thursday afternoon, when a 53-year-old female companion of Jones called police to report being involved in a domestic incident with him. Responding officers said that Jones had barricaded himself in the residence and that he was armed with a rifle.

The police department’s Special Response Team was called to the scene. Police said negotiators initiated verbal contact with Jones, but he refused to exit the residence.

Nearby residents were evacuated to safety, as the standoff lasted into Friday morning. At approximately 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jones exited the residence and surrendered to police, according to reports. Neither Jones nor the 53-year-old woman was injured during this incident.

Police later executed a search warrant at the residence and recovered a firearm, ammunition and drugs.

Jones remains in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Hilo District Court.

Police ask anyone who may have information regarding this incident to call Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2381 or email at
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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