Police Arrest Man on Firearms Charges

September 16, 2019, 3:07 PM HST (Updated September 16, 2019, 3:07 PM)
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Hawaiʻi Police Department (HPD) officers have arrested and charged a 48-year-old Mountain View man with firearms offenses stemming from a report of a male party with a firearm and a request to check on his welfare.

On Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at about 7:36 p.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a reported weapons incident at a residence on East Kahaopea Street in Hilo, and HPD press release said. A female caller reported that Vernon Fergerstrom was at the property and that he may have a gun in his possession. Fergerstrom, who had reportedly left the residence, was operating a silver Toyota Tundra, with Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi State flags attached to the top rack in the back of his truck.

The vehicle was located a short time later at a business in the immediate area on Kanoelehua Avenue. A traffic stop was conducted. Based on an officer’s interactions with the driver, he was subsequently arrested for place to keep firearms. The vehicle was also recovered.

Police applied for a search warrant and recovered a 9MM rifle from the truck, a high-capacity magazine and ammunition for the rifle. A firearms registration check was conducted and it was determined that the rifle is not registered to Fergerstrom.

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After conferring with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Fergerstrom was charged with place to keep; unloaded firearms not pistols/revolvers and place to keep ammunition. His bail was set at $2,500. He is being held pending his initial court appearance Monday, Sept. 16 in Hilo District Court.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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