Big Island Man Charged With a Dozen Offenses After Crime Spree

A Hōluloa man has been charged with a dozen offenses after reportedly brandishing weapons at a family party Saturday night (April 21).

Kona patrol officers responded to the Imin Center in Hōlualoa at 10:50 p.m. Saturday to a report of a disturbance involving a large group of people.

They learned that a 34-year-old man had reportedly wielded a handgun at the community center during a baby’s birthday party and threatened the life of a 48-year-old acquaintance from Kailua-Kona. Other party guests were able to take the gun away before the gunman fled the area. Police recovered the weapon.

Chad L. Denis

At 10 p.m. Sunday (April 22) police arrested 34-year-old Chad L. Denis of Hōlualoa on suspicion of terroristic threatening. He was held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. Detectives determined that the handgun had been stolen during a Kona burglary in April 2011.

Further investigation revealed that Denis had also threatened a 27-year-old Kona man and a 42-year-old Kona man during the confrontation at the party and that he had later returned to the community center and allegedly confronted the same three victims and threatened them with a rifle before fleeing with the weapon. No one was injured in either confrontation.

Detectives determined that after the second incident, Denis returned to his home, where he got into a verbal argument with a 26-year-old Hōlualoa woman. As the woman drove away, Denis reportedly threw a rock through her windshield. She was not injured.

At 4:15 p.m. Tuesday (April 24), detectives charged Denis with first-degree theft, first-degree criminal property damage, six counts of terroristic threatening, two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon and two counts of failure to maintain bail or bond in connection with unrelated charges. His bail was set at $500,000.

He remains in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (April 25).

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