O’ahu man arrested after threatening police during 6-hour standoff at Hilo self-storage
Jason Leroy Kime, 36 of Oʻahu, was arrested after threatening Hawaiʻi Island police officers during a nearly 6-hour standoff Tuesday night at a self-storage unit on Kalanikoa Street in Hilo.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m., when police arrived at StorQuest Self Storage to look for Kime, who had two outstanding arrest warrants for a series of violent offenses.
Police located Kime on the property. As they attempted to contact him, he verbally threatened officers and then locked and barricaded himself inside a storage unit.
The police department’s Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiators responded. The storage facility was also evacuated, and Kalanikoa Street was closed between Kuawa and Piʻilani streets.
Kime is believed to have been on the Big Island for about two weeks. He had an outstanding arrest warrant for a violent home-invasion robbery in Hilo on April 20 during which a 72-year-old female was injured.
He also had a second outstanding arrest warrant for an April 21 residential burglary and vehicle theft in Hilo.
The crisis negotiators talked with Kime in attempts to peacefully resolve the situation, but Kime refused to exit the facility.
During the standoff, Kime breached a drywall barrier of the unit, and entered into two additional bays of the facility. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., after negotiations failed, Special Response Team members entered the facility and took Kime into custody.
A female acquaintance of Kime, 30-year-old Luwika Hauanio of Hilo, also was arrested in connection to this incident. She was at the storage facility operating a stolen vehicle, which she used to intentionally strike a subsidized police vehicle at the scene.
There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
In addition to the charges associated with the two arrest warrants for Kime, he and Hauanio also remain in custody relative to the standoff and several other incidents.
Area I Criminal Investigation Division personnel are continuing this investigation. Search warrants are being drafted for the stolen vehicle Kime and Hauanio were operating, as well as the storage unit rented by Kime.