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UPDATE: Hostage Incident in Fern Acres Ends

December 11, 2018, 11:55 AM HST
* Updated December 14, 11:02 AM
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UPDATE Dec. 11, 3:09 p.m.: The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Special Response Team responded to the Fern Acres Subdivision in Puna on Tuesday morning Dec. 11, 2018, after a male party with a rifle threatened a female victim during a verbal dispute, refusing to allow her to leave the property.

Responding to a call received at approximately 8 a.m., police units set up in the area and when the opportunity presented itself, the tactical team entered the property and apprehended the suspect without encountering any resistance.

The suspect, 48-year old Eric Ragragola, has been arrested and taken into custody. Neither the suspect or the victim were injured in the incident, and the investigation is continuing. Traffic was diverted in the area for the duration of the incident which lasted approximately 3-hours.

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the police departments non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Tuckloy Aurello at 961-2385 or via email at [email protected]gov.

ORIGINAL POST Dec. 11, 11:55 a.m.: According to Hawai‘i Police Department Major Sam Thomas, approximately 12 officers responded to the report of a possible hostage situation in Fern Acres on the morning of Dec. 11, 2018.


Major Thomas said that it was reported that a male with a rifle and a “fearful woman” were in the residence together.


The incident concluded at 11:08 a.m., when the man gave himself up, according to Major Thomas.

No information is available as to whether the man wielded an actual firearm. It has not been confirmed that the woman was being held hostage.

No injuries were reported as the result of the incident.


More information will be published as it becomes available.

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