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Man Charged with 20 Offenses Following Handgun Threat

May 21, 2015, 4:32 PM HST
* Updated May 21, 4:36 PM
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The Hawai‘i Police Department has charged a Captain Cook man with 20 offenses following an argument involving a handgun in Kona.

Kona police officers arrived at the parking lot of a retail store on the 75-1000 block of Henry Street at 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday.  A witness reported hearing an argument between a man and woman in a Dodge Charger and the woman screaming about a gun.

A patrol officer stopped a Charger matching the vehicle’s description on Ane Keohokalole Highway.  He found a handgun in the vehicle and arrested the two occupants on suspicion of place to keep a handgun.

Duane K. Grace, 40, of Captain Cook, and Radiance A. Whigham, 31, of Kailua-Kona, were taken to the Kona police cellblock while the investigation continued.

Officers investigating the parking lot found a Honda sedan idling which had been driven by Grace.  Inside the vehicle, they found a cut straw with residue.  Police recovered the car as evidence.

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After serving search warrants on both vehicles, officers from the Area II Criminal Investigations and Vice sections recovered a loaded handgun, 50 rounds of ammunition, 17.3 grams of meth, 6.8 grams of marijuana, 30 Alprazolam pills, 16 additional cut pieces of the pills, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

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Whigham was released on Wednesday without charges.  The investigation revealed that the couple knew one another but Grace had forced himself into Whigham’s car and threatened her with a gun.

On Thursday morning, May 21, Grace was charged with kidnapping, robbery, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, parole violation, promoting a harmful drug, promoting a detrimental drug, four counts of promoting a dangerous drug, four counts of drug paraphernalia and six weapons offenses. His bail was set at $383,000.

Grace remains at the Kona cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Friday, May 22.

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