Ka‘u Man Arrested for Vehicle Theft, Kidnapping, and Assault

The Hawai`i Police Department has charged a Ka‘u man with numerous offenses stemming from a kidnapping and assault investigation that occurred in Pāhala.

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, a 46-year-old man reported that an unknown man took his truck by gunpoint in Pāhala. As Ka‘u patrol officers were responding to the call, they located the truck on Highway 11 near Whittington Beach Park.

The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Grant Dacalio of Ka‘u, did not comply with directions to pull over and sped off. A short time later, police dispatch received a 9-1-1 call about an unknown disturbance at a residence in that general area. Arriving officers saw Dacalio dragging an 80-year-old woman into a residence. It was determined that Dacalio arrived at the residence and threatened the homeowner with a knife. After a short standoff, Dacalio surrendered to the police without further incident. 

After conferring with prosecutors on Friday, March 5, detectives charged Dacalio with three counts of first degree terroristic threating, two counts of kidnapping, one count of first degree robbery, one count of first degree burglary, one count of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and one count of third degree assault. He is being held at the police cellblock in lieu of bail set at $216,000. It was also determined that Dacalio is wanted for parole violations in Idaho.

Police ask anyone who may have additional information on the incident to contact Detective Donovan Kohara of the Area II Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 326-4646 ext. 238 or email at Donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov.

HPD photo.