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Kailua-Kona Men Charged Following Home Invasion Investigation

by Thunda

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged two Kailua-Kona men with numerous criminal offenses associated with a previously reported home invasion investigation.

The charges stem from a reported home invasion that took place in West Hawaiʻi on December 27, 2020, when it was reported that two masked gunmen, later identified as 23-year-old Jerome Kahoalii-Heath and 27-year-old Ioane Asagra, entered a home in South Kona, demanded drugs and money, and struck three witnesses in the head with a weapon.

On December 30, 2020, the Area II Special Enforcement Unit, working in collaboration with Kona Patrol Officers and Area II Criminal Investigation Section Detectives, located Kahoalii-Heath and Asagra, along with 20-year-old Valerie Mills-Lorenzo, within a stolen Jeep Cherokee, while in the Kona Palisades Subdivision. The Jeep Cherokee fled the immediate area and was later located on Kapuna Street in Kailua-Kona where Kahoalii-Heath and Mills-Lorenzo were taken into custody without incident. Asagra was later located by officers on Highway 180 and he too was taken into custody without incident.

During the course of this investigation, four stolen vehicles were recovered and returned to their rightful owners. In addition, after executing search warrants on the stolen vehicles, detectives recovered stolen firearms, ammunition, and illicit narcotics.

On December 31, 2020, after conferring with Hawaiʻi County Prosecutors, detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section charged Jerome Kahoalii-Heath with burglary in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, five counts of terroristic threating in the first degree, two counts  of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of ownership prohibited, resist order to stop, driving without a license, reckless endangering, two counts of accident involving property, one count of accident involving injury, place to keep firearm, theft in the first degree, habitual property crimes, violation of probation, and violation of supervised release.  Kahoalii-Heath’s total bail was set at $500,000 and he remains in police custody at the Kealakehe Police Station pending his initial court appearance at the Kona District Court this afternoon (January 4).

Ioane Asagra was also charged with four counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, three counts of assault in the second degree, robbery in the first degree, place to keep, promotion of a dangerous drug in the third degree, promotion of a detrimental drug in the third degree, drug paraphernalia, accomplice to reckless endangering in the second degree, violation of probation, and violation of supervised release. Asagra’s total bail was set at $500,000 and he remains in police custody at the Kealakehe Police Station pending his initial court appearance at the Kona District Court this afternoon (January 4).

Valerie Mills-Lorenzo was released pending further investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Donovan Kohara, via email at donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov, or at (808) 326-4646, ex. 238. Members of the community can also contact police at the non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311

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