Bail reduced for a Kona man accused of damaging a pick-up truck with a skateboard and untying moorings for boats at Kailua Pier
A Kona District Court judge reduced bail for a Kailua-Kona man — $78,000 to $30,000 — after reportedly whacking a pick-up truck with a skateboard and untying moorings for two vessels at Kailua Pier.
Julius Jordan Ibanez, 54, appeared before Judge Kimberly Taniyama for an initial appearance this afternoon. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.
The incident occurred early Monday morning. Hawai‘i Island police officers responded to the pier, located at 75-5664 Ka‘ahumanu Place, at 2:15 a.m. on a report of a male suspect damaging a truck with a skateboard. The caller also reported that the suspect, later identified as Julius Jordan Ibanez, 54, was untying boats from the dock.
The responding officers arrived on scene and immediately located Ibanez walking on the pier. According to police, Ibanez who was wielding a skateboard and walking in close proximity to a newer model pick-up truck that had extensive damage throughout its entire body.
Officers also observed an approximate 10-foot boat on the west side of the pier, drifting toward the horizon. A second boat was observed about 1/4 mile west of the first boat, though it was barely visible, according to police.
Officers spoke to witnesses who reported Ibanez walked toward a newer model pick-up truck and hit it numerous times with a skateboard. Ibanez then entered two nearby boats and untied the mooring that secured them to the dock allowing them to drift.
Ibanez was arrested without incident and taken to the Kealakehe Police Station while Kona Patrol Officers continued the investigation. The Hawai‘i Fire Department responded to the scene and helped to successfully recover the vessels, valued in excess of 40,000.
Ibanez was charged with the following offenses:
- Second-degree criminal property damage
- 2 counts of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle
- First-degree theft
- Second-degree theft
- Fourth-degree theft
- Disorderly conduct
- Habitual property crime
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Kona Patrol Officer Vincent Sanekane, via email at [email protected], or at the Dispatch non-emergency telephone number at 808-935-3311.