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Kong Charged with Numerous Offenses

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Richard Joseph Kong. HPD photo.

Richard Joseph Kong. HPD photo.

After being arrested on Sunday night, 33-year-old Puna man Ronald Joseph Kong has been charged with several offenses that stem from a Hawaiian Acres domestic abuse incident.

After conferring with prosecutors, Hawai’i Police Department detectives charged Kong on Tuesday night with abuse of a family/household member, second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree terroristic threatening, possessing explosive devices, three counts of possessing prohibited weapons, three counts of firearm on highway, place to keep pistol, two counts of place to keep ammunition, three counts of permit to acquire firearms, two counts of loaded firearm, two counts of alteration of identification marks prohibited, three counts of registration mandatory firearms, first-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree theft, six counts of third-degree promoting a dangerous drug, five counts of prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia, and third-degree promoting a detrimental drug.

Kong’s bail on those charges was set at $467,000. He remains in police custody, pending his initial court appearance on Wednesday afternoon.


In addition, Kong was not charged for additional offenses pending further investigation of a first-degree terroristic threatening case for an alleged threat he made against a circuit court judge on the Big Island. He was also not charged in a separate first-degree burglary case.

Both cases will be referred to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney after completion.

During Friday’s search of a Hawaiian Acres property, police officials say an explosive device was located and it was rendered safe by bomb technicians.


The bomb technicians from the Honolulu Police Department’s Bomb Squad, along with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, assisted HPD’s Special Response Team in searching for explosives in a backpack and a stolen vehicle that Kong was seen operating, as well as in the Hawaiian Acres property.

HPD is conferring with the federal agencies on possible federal charges relating to the firearms and the explosive device located.

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