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Hilo man charged following reported domestic incident with teen daughter

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A 44-year-old Hilo man faces several abuse and firearms charges following a reported domestic-related incident with his 17-year-old daughter last week.

Jacob Walter Umemoto

After conferring with the Hawai‘i County prosecutor’s office, detectives with the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area I Juvenile Aid Section on Monday morning charged Jacob Walter Umemoto with:

  • Abuse of a family or household member.
  • Aggravated abuse of a family or household member.
  • Ownership/possession of a firearm prohibited.
  • Two counts of ownership/possession of ammunition prohibited.

Umemoto was arrested in connection with the alleged incident the morning of Dec. 10 at a residence on Ho‘okina Place in Hilo. He was also later subsequently arrested on a U.S. District Court warrant for a probation/supervised release violation.

His total bail for the Hawai‘i County offenses is $90,000. There is no bail for the U.S. District Court arrest.


Big Island police received a report of a domestic incident shortly after 11:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Hilo Patrol officers responded to an apartment complex on the 400 block of Waiānuenue Avenue, where they contacted Umemoto’s 17-year-old daughter. She said she was struck on her face by her father and placed in a neck choke hold, causing her to nearly lose consciousness.

She did not require medical attention.

The teen also reported she was involved in an unrelated violent altercation with her father earlier in the night at the Ho‘okina Place residence. She said her father was in possession of a silver-colored revolver-type firearm. Umemoto is prohibited from possessing a firearm and/or ammunition.


A loaded firearm was located during the execution of a search warrant related to this investigation.

Anyone who might have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311 or contact Detective Richard Itliong at 808-961-2278 or via email at [email protected].

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