Domestic Dispute Between Father and Son in Puna Leads to Man Pointing Rifle at Police

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a domestic dispute that sent a 24-year-old Mountain View man to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

HPDBadgePuna patrol officers responded to Keola Place in Mountain View at 8:30 p.m. Monday (September 2) for an affray between a father and his adult son. When officers arrived, the son ran into the forest. He came out at 11 p.m. with substantial bodily injuries and was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated and released. After his release, police arrested him on two unrelated bench warrants for contempt of court.

At 7:09 a.m. Tuesday (September 3), while police were at the scene securing the scene, the father, Jonathan P. Rodrigues Sr., emerged from the house and pointed what appeared to be a rifle at police officers.

Police later recovered an air rifle.

Rodrigues was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault for the domestic incident and first-degree terroristic threatening for the incident with the weapon. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section continue the investigation.


Puna Father and Son Charged in Assaulting Police Officer

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Puna man and his son in connection with what started as a case of domestic abuse in Pāhoa.


Top: Christopher Thomas Gonsalves Bottom: Gordon A.E. Gonsalves

When Puna patrol officers responded to the abuse report on Saturday (August 10), the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Christopher Thomas Gonsalves of Pāhoa, struck and threatened an officer and then fled the scene.

Gonsalves was located and arrested Sunday and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gonsalves was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, assaulting a police officer and abuse of a family/household member. His bail was set at $22,000.

In addition, detectives arrested 21-year-old Gordon A.E. Gonsalves of Pāhoa Tuesday morning and charged him at 1:30 p.m. with second-degree hindering prosecution for using force against an officer to allow his father to get away. His bail was set at $500.

Both men are being held at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (August 14).


Father Found in Bushes – Son Arrested on Outstanding Warrants

Police have located a Puna man wanted for assaulting a police officer, domestic abuse, and terroristic threatening. Christopher Gonsalves, Male 48, of Hawaiian Beaches, was arrested on 08-11-13, at approximately 5:40 pm, off of Ono Street, Hawaiian Beaches, hiding in a brush area in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.

Christopher Gonsalves

Christopher Gonsalves

He is being transported to the Hilo Police Station Cellblock where he will remain pending further investigation. Also arrested a few minutes earlier on Ono Street, Hawaiian Beaches, was his son Christopher Gonsalves, Male 27, for two outstanding warrants and for a burglary that occurred in an apartment complex in Hilo. Gonsalves, Male 27, is also being transported to the Hilo Cellblock where we will remain pending further investigation.


Big Island Police Charge Former Pahoa Man for Several Offenses in Connection to a Domestic Violence Incident

Police charged a 20-year-old former Pahoa man for several offenses in connection to a domestic violence incident.

Ronsten Keone Andrade III

Yesterday at 8:30 pm, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I, Criminal Investigation Section charged Ronsten Keone Andrade III, also known as Ronsten Andrade Tripp, for two counts of abuse of a family or household member, two counts of felony abuse of a family or household member, one count of second degree terroristic threatening, one count of kidnapping, one count of interference with reporting an emergency or crime, and one count of second degree robbery. Bail for Andrade was set at $101,000.00 and he was scheduled to make his initial court appearance this afternoon.

The incident started in the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision in Puna where the victim alleges that she was assaulted by Andrade, who also forcibly removed items from the victim, and prevented her from leaving and reporting the incident to police.

The 19 year-old victim declined treatment for non life threatening injuries.

Pohala I Puna – Recovery Day in Puna

Pohala I Puna – Recovery Day in Puna:

  • When: Saturday October 13th 2012
  • Where: Kanaka O Puna (Old Police Station In Pahoa)
  • Time: 10am-5pm

Old Pahoa Police Station

The intent and purpose for this event is to raise awareness about the many organizations and agencies that we have here in Puna and our surrounding communities that assists individuals and families struggling with issues such as homelessness, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse,teen smoking, hunger, psychological and mental health, and domestic violence.

We want to create a venue for organizations and agencies to engage in each others mission to stimulate communication for maximum service to our ohana and our communities well being.

We are also organizing a community walk from Pahoa High School to Kanaka O Puna (old police station in Pahoa) where the women is going to dress their men in dresses and high heel shoes and walk along with various community groups to bring attention the significance and awareness of domestic violence to the businesses, shops, schools, restaurants and our community at large.

There will be food, fun, fellowship. There will be lots of music entertainment.

We are accepting Kokua in a lot of different ways, if you and your organization is interested in being apart of this great event or if you just want to make a donation of some sort and have any other questions regarding this project feel free to call me Iopa Maunakea at 960-3893, Alice Kahaleua at 937-2307, or Dana Alfapada at 430-7342.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Iopa K. Maunakea

Positive Action Alliance


Waikoloa Man Arrested Over Stabbing Incident

Media Release:

A Waikoloa man was arrested over the weekend in connection with a stabbing that sent his son to the hospital.

Around 9:26 p.m. Friday, South Kohala patrol officers responded to a reported stabbing at a home on Kimo Nui Street in Waikoloa Village.

William Ford

Responding officers determined that 50-year-old William Ford Jr., had reportedly stabbed his 28-year-old son once in the upper right side of the chest and then fled the home where they both lived.

Fire Department rescue personnel took the victim to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he remains confined in good condition.

Police launched a search for the suspect but were unable to locate him Friday night.

At 12:50 p.m. Saturday (April 9), Ford turned himself in at the Kona police station in Kealakehe. He was arrested and held at the cellblock while detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section, which investigates domestic violence cases, continued the investigation.

On Sunday (April 10), detectives charged Ford with first-degree assault and abuse of a family/household member. He was released after posting $35,000 bail.

Hawaii Domestic Violence Victims Authorized to Use Stun Guns?

I never really followed legislative bills at all, but just because they are so easy to look at now, without trucking yourself down to the capitol to get a look at, I’ve been taking a look at a few of them.

Here is another one that I don’t think will fly at all:

Senators Espero, Bunda, Gabbard, Galuteria, and  Hemmings all helped to introduce Senate Bill 541.

I myself often wonder if they should even be used by Law Enforcement officers at times.  I certainly don’t think they should go into the hands of domestic violence victims.

How about enforcing restraining orders?

More on the bill here.

Report Title: Weapons; Stun Guns; Domestic Violence
Description: Authorizes victims of domestic violence to acquire a stun gun; provided that: (1) they do not have any mental condition that would make them a danger to society or themselves; (2) they complete a training course in the use of stun guns; and (3) the authorization to use a stun gun is reevaluated on an annual basis. Requires program to be administered by county police departments.