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Father Arrested Following Fight With Son

September 3, 2013, 6:40 PM HST
* Updated September 3, 6:43 PM
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Police have arrested a father and son who they say were involved in a domestic dispute.

Police responded Monday night to the Mountain View home of Jonathan P. Rodrigues Sr. after receiving a report he was involved in a fight with his 24-year-old son.

When officers arrived at about 8:30 p.m., the son, who was not identified, ran into a forest. Police said when he emerged at 11 p.m., he was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the fight.

Upon his release he was arrested on two unrelated warrants for contempt of court.

This morning, police were back at the home when the father allegedly came out of the house and pointed what appeared to be a rifle at officers.

Rodrigues was subsequently arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault in connection with the domestic incident and first-degree terroristic threatening for the incident with the weapon. He was being held without charges tonight at the Hilo cellblock.

Police later recovered an air rifle.

Under a law passed during this year’s legislative session, use of a “simulated firearm” has been upgraded from a Class C felony,  which is punishable by up to five years in prison, to a Class A felony which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.

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