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Puna man charged after allegedly attacking grandfather with gardening tool, more

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Jesse Franklin Gonsalves Canizo. Photo Courtesy: Hawai‘i Police Department

Detectives with Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area I Juvenile Aid Section arrested and charged 31-year-old Jesse Franklin Gonsalves Canizo with felony abuse of a family household member following an incident in Pāhoa on Feb. 26.

At 5:17 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to an active domestic call involving Gonsalves Canizo and his grandparents at a residence on Papaya Farms Road. Gonsalves Canizo is alleged to have used a fork type gardening tool to strike his grandmother’s pick-up truck causing damage to the driver’s side doors, back driver’s side window and rear cab window.

He then struck and shattered all the glass louvers in the window next to the front door of his grandparents’ house. Gonsalves Canizo then struck his grandfather’s right eye with the gardening tool, bit his stomach, and struck his grandfather in the back of the head with a wooden block.


On Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28, after conferring with the County Prosecutor’s Office, detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section charged Gonsalves Canizo with the following offenses:
Abuse family household member (in the presence of a minor)
Second-degree assault
Second-degree criminal property damage
Fourth-degree criminal property damage
His bail was set at $140,000.

Gonsalves Canizo’s initial court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 29 in Hilo District Court.

Hawai‘i Island police are reminding the public that an abuse offense in the presence of a minor less than 14 years old, who is a family or household member, is a felony.


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