California man arrested and charged for Kona assault

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Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a California man on July 11 with numerous offenses, including terroristic threatening and assault, stemming from an incident that occurred at a retail establishment in Kona on July 11.

The suspect is identified as 29-year-old Simon Nicholas Boone, of Antelope, Calif.

At 4:59 a.m. Tuesday morning, Kona patrol officers responded to the 75-900 block of Henry Street for a report of a suspicious man with an empty soda box on each of his hands as if he was concealing a gun.

The responding officers located the victim who reported that the suspect, later identified as Boone, approached her in the store’s parking lot with his arms extended and his hands covered by two separate soda boxes. Boone then yelled at her ordering her to get on the ground. The victim feared for her life and was able to safely make it into the grocery store. Boone pursued the victim into the store and he intentionally damaged more than $2,500 worth of merchandise as he tried to reach the victim.


Officers entered the store and observed it to be ransacked with damaged merchandise strewn across the floor. Boone was located and observed to be acting aggressively towards the two officers, swinging an umbrella as if it were a baseball bat.

A struggle ensued between Boone and the officers, during which Boone removed a Conducted Energy Weapon, commonly known as a “taser”, from one of the officer’s duty work belt. Boone then deployed the “taser” probes, causing one to strike an officer’s hand and the other to strike a female bystander in her shin. The officer and the bystander sustained minor injuries as a result of the “taser” deployment. Boone was taken into custody and transported to the Kealakehe Police Station for processing.

Later that same day, after conferring with the County Prosecutor’s Office, Boone was charged with the following offenses and his total bail was set at $63,000.

  • Two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening
  • Second-degree criminal property damage
  • Second-degree theft
  • Two counts of first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer
  • Resist arrest
  • Third-degree assault

He remained in police custody until his initial hearing in Kona District Court on Wednesday, July 12.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Kona Patrol Officer Joshua Stender, via email at [email protected], or at the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

No photo of Boone is available at this time.


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