Man Charged in Incident Prompting HPD SRT Team

A 48-year-old Puna man has been charged in connection with the incident which prompted the response of the Hawai`i Police Department’s Special Response Team to Fern Acres Subdivision on Tuesday morning.

Police charged Eric J. Ragragola at 8 p.m. on Wednesday with the offenses of first-degree Terroristic Threatening, Abuse of Family or Household Member, first-degree Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, and Ownership/Possession Prohibited.

Ragragola is being held in lieu of $140,000 bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Patrol and the Special Response Team responded to the Fern Acres Subdivision in Puna on Tuesday morning on a report of a male party with a rifle who threatened a female victim during a domestic dispute, refusing to allow her to leave the property.

Upon the approach of the Special Response Team, the suspect surrendered, and subsequent service of a search warrant on the property resulted in the recovery of an AR-15 type rifle and ammunition.

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the Police Departments non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Detective Tuckloy Aurello at (808) 961-2385.

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