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Arrest Made in North Kohala Barricade Incident

June 26, 2019, 9:21 AM HST
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Big Island Police are investigating a domestic violence incident which occurred in North Kohala on Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019.

North Kohala Patrol officers responded to the 55-700 block of Hāwī Road just before 2 p.m, where a 45-year-old woman reported that she had been involved in a domestic violence incident. Police say she received injuries but refused medical treatment.

According to police, it was reported that the suspect fired a rifle during the altercation, locked himself in a room within the residence, and did not respond to officers.

As a safety precaution for the community, the Department’s Special Response Team was deployed to the scene. The roadway was closed off for approximately one hour while officers made contact with the suspect, who eventually surrendered and was safely taken into custody.

Police arrested Darius Keala Riveira, 42-years-old, of Hāwī, for first degree reckless endangering, first degree terroristic threatening and abuse of a household member (which is a felony). Riveira remained in police custody at last report.

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Investigators from the Area II Juvenile Aid Section Domestic Violence Unit are continuing the investigation.

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Police ask those who may have witnessed the incident to contact Detective Brandon Mansur at (808) 326-4646, extension 301, or via email at [email protected]

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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