Kailua-Kona Knife Incident Results in Numerous Charges

At approximately 11:06 a.m. on Thursday, Hawai`i Police Department Kona Patrol Officers were dispatched to the seawall fronting a business in the 75-5600 block of Aliʻi Drive, Kailua-Kona for a report of an affray involving two males.

A security officer reported that one of the males was swinging around a knife and was trying to stab the other male.

As the first officer arrived on the scene, bystanders were pointing at one of the males, stating, “he has a knife!” This male suspect that the bystanders were pointing towards was later identified as 33-year-old Westen Tegman.

The officer observed Tegman chasing a female across Aliʻi Drive, holding what appeared to be a knife, raised above his head. The 40-year-old female victim was obviously in distress and ran towards the rear passenger side of the officer’s vehicle, screaming and shouting.

Tegman, who was still chasing after her and was approximately two-to-three feet behind the woman, still wielding the knife-type weapon.

Tegman then attempted to flee north on Aliʻi Drive, where verbal commands were given by officers for Tegman to drop the knife. The suspect disregarded these commands and he was subsequently arrested after an officer utilized his Conducted Energy Weapon.

After further investigations and conferring with Prosecutors, Westen Tegman was arrested and charged with two counts of Terroristic Threatening in the 1st degree, two counts of Reckless Endangering in the 2nd degree, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Revocation-Modification of Probation Conditions, and Revocation of Conditions of Release on Bail. His total bail is set at $74,000.

A photo of Tegman was not immediately available.