A Kona man has been charged with five offenses after carrying a loaded shotgun on a public highway in Kealakekua.
At 8 a.m. Tuesday (January 1) a motorist reported seeing a local male in a red hooded sweatshirt carrying what appeared to be a rifle while walking on the side of Māmalahoa Highway (Highway 11) in the area of Hale Kiʻi Street in Kealakekua.
Responding officers located a man fitting that description and holding what appeared to be a rifle. When the officers approached him, the suspect fled into brush area behind Pualani Terrace. The officers located and arrested 39-year-old Ioster Henly of Kailua-Kona and recovered a loaded shotgun. Police recovered an additional 16 rounds of shotgun ammunition on Henly’s person. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.
At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (January 2), detectives charged Henly with possessing a loaded firearm on a public highway, place to keep loaded firearm, place to keep ammunition, registration mandatory and permit to acquire. His bail was set at $13,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court hearing Thursday (January 3).