Puna Man Charged After Nanawale Barricade Incident

Dean Hisao Jones, 65, of Puna has been charged in connection to a standoff with police in Nanawale Estates in Pahoa.

The charges stem from an incident that began Thursday afternoon, when a 53-year-old female companion of Jones called police to report being involved in a domestic incident with Jones. Responding officers learned that Jones had barricaded himself in the residence and that he was armed with a rifle.

On Saturday afternoon, after conferring with county prosecutors, detectives charged Jones with first-degree reckless endangering, felony abuse of a family or household member, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree criminal property damage, and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony.

His bail has been set at $21,000.

The Hawai’i Police Department’s elite Special Response Team responded to the scene. Utilizing an armored vehicle, they confirmed the suspect’s presence within the residence, and negotiators initiated verbal contact with Jones. He refused to exit the residence.

The nearby residents were evacuated for safety, as the standoff lasted throughout the night and into Friday morning. At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jones exited the residence and surrendered to police. Neither Jones nor the 53-year-old woman was injured during this incident.  

Police detectives later executed a search warrant at the residence and recovered a firearm, ammunition, and drugs.

Jones remains in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, January 19, in Hilo District Court.

Police ask anyone who may have information regarding this incident to call Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2381 or email at grant.todd@hawaiicounty.gov.

HPD photo.