Big Island Police Investigating Puna Home Invasion Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a home invasion burglary early Sunday (August 31) in Puna.

HPDBadgeIn response to a 3 a.m. report, Puna Patrol officers responded to a home on the 15-1700 block of 25th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. A 66-year-old man reportedly woke up to find two unidentified men in his bedroom. He was punched and threatened with a knife and with additional physical harm.

The victim reported that numerous items were missing from the house, including guitars and electronic equipment. Estimated value of the stolen goods is $2,495.

The suspects were described only as local males with one wearing a mask.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Home Invasion Robbery in Puna Foiled by Woman With Meat Cleaver and Pork & Beans

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a home invasion robbery Friday night (July 12) in Puna.

In response to a 9:37 p.m. call, Puna Patrol officers learned that three masked men had encountered a male resident outside a home on 30th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. One man reportedly assaulted the resident and another man reportedly entered the house and assaulted a woman trying to protect a child. As the woman fought back, the masked men grabbed a purse and a backpack and fled in a pickup truck.

Dustin J. Jose

Dustin J. Jose

Responding officers located a truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and arrested 31-year-old Dustin J. Jose of Kailua-Kona and 31-year-old Jack A. Vaughn of Kailua-Kona.

Jack A. Vaughn

Jack A. Vaughn

They were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 9:05 p.m. Saturday (July 13), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Jose with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. They charged Vaughn with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree assault.

The men remained at the cellblock until their initial court appearance on Monday.

According to Hawaii News Now:

Three masked men stormed into a Big Island home on Friday night and attacked a family in a Keaau home. Two of the suspects are now in custody, and a can of pork and beans helped lead to the home invasion arrests.

“All of a sudden I see these three guys climbing out of the truck and they all had ski masks on,” recalled victim Claudine Prados.

Prados had been watching TV at her home on 30th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. She said she protected her son from one suspect by grabbing a meat cleaver from the kitchen, but two other men attacked his father.

“They injured him pretty badly. They slammed his face into the ground and they were trying to choke him and doing whatever they could to try to get him to pass our I guess,” said Prados.

Prados said she grabbed a can of pork and beans after the cleaver was knocked out of her hand. After a struggle, the men drove off.

“I still had the can of food in my hand and I was actually trying to bust their window but it ended up bouncing off and landing in the back of their truck. That’s one of the main things that actually police was able to identify the truck when they actually pulled it over,” Prados said.

Within 30 minutes, police found a truck matching the description she gave them on Kuauli Road in Kurtistown. Officers found the can in the back and arrested two men, Jack Vaughn of Kailua-Kona and Dustin Jose of Kealakekua. Jose was indicted in May for allegedly sexually assaulting two minors, according to the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Officers arrested both men for assault, burglary and robbery.

“It was like a total waste of time for them, honestly, because all they left with was a purse with no money and a kid’s backpack with clothes,” said Prados…

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