Kona Man Sent to Prison For Armed Home Invasions
by Dave Smith
A 26-year-old Kona man was sentenced last week to a 20-year prison term in connection with two home invasions police believed to be drug-related.
Kona Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Strance ordered Joseph Augustino Narzisi to serve a minimum of six years and eight months following his conviction on trafficking of methamphetamine and other drug offenses, burglary and other crimes.
The convictions stem from two incidents last year in which Narzisi entered two Kailua-Kona homes and assaulted the occupants and threatened them with a handgun.
Narzisi was among nearly a dozen individuals arrested last August and September that police described as a drug-related burglary ring.
Narzisi initially escaped capture last August when he fled from a vehicle following a short pursuit, leaving behind a female passenger. Inside the car police found meth and heroin as well as a stolen computer and US Savings Bond.
Police said a search of his Kealakekua apartment turned up more drugs and stolen computers as well as two handguns and ammunition.
In late August, police acting on a tip arrested Narzisi in a Kailua-Kona apartment. In his backpack they found more drugs, including more than two ounces of meth, morphine pills and more heroin.
Asset forfeiture proceedings are pending for several vehicles seized from Narzisi including a 2010 Dodge Dakota pickup, a 2006 BMW sedan and two motorcycles.
Narzisi’s criminal activities date back to 2005 when, as an 18-year-old, he was arrested in connection with the burglary of a Kona home from which jewelry and a handgun were stolen.