East Hawaii News

Man Charged Following Puna Standoff

October 26, 2015, 11:59 AM HST
* Updated October 26, 12:01 PM
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A 49-year-old Pahoa man is facing charges that stem from a Friday incident in the Hawaiian Beaches area of Puna, where officers attempted to serve a protective order.

According to the Hawai’i Police Department, the man, identified as Keith Kaapana Cummings, caused a brief standoff when he barricaded himself in a house.

Cummings allegedly poured a flammable liquid in the house and threatened to ignite it.

Nearby homes were evacuated and HPD’s Special Response Team responded.

Authorities say Cummings was in the home alone.

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SRT negotiated with Cummings, who surrendered without incident. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree reckless endangering and was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continued to investigate.

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The home Cummings was in was deemed safe following an inspection by a Hawai’i County Fire Department fire inspector.

On Saturday at 7 p.m., Cummings was charged with second-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree reckless endangering.

Cummings’ bail was set at $2,500 and he remained at the cellblock as he awaited his initial court appearance on Monday.

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