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Keauhou Man Charged for Abuse Which Resulted in Temporary Closure of Kuakini Highway

by Thunda

Hawai‘i Island police have charged 33-year-old, Timothy-John Reilly of, Keauhou, with abuse, following an incident that resulted in the temporary closure of Kuakini Highway on Wednesday evening, May 22, 2024. 

On Friday morning, May 24, 2024, after conferral with Hawai’i County Prosecutors, Detectives with the Area II Juvenile Aid Section charged Reilly with:

  • Abuse family or household member in the presence of a minor

Reilly’s bail was set at $5,000.00.

The charges against Reilly stem from an incident reported on Wednesday evening May 22, 2024, at approximately 6:45 p.m., when Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a domestic in the area of the 77-6000 block of Kuakini Highway. A 22-year-old female reported being shoved into a wall by her boyfriend. Upon the officer’s arrival, they located the suspect, 33-year-old Thomas John “TJ” Reilly, of Keauhou, at his residence with what appeared to be a rifle slung over his shoulder.

Reilly was cooperative while communicating with officers and did not threaten them with the firearm, although a perimeter was maintained and a portion of Kuakini Highway between Kamehameha III Road and La‘aloa Avenue was temporarily closed to ensure the safety of the community. Officers assisted Reilly’s girlfriend and infant child in exiting the residence without further incident.

Thomas John “TJ” Reilly was subsequently arrested and transported to the West Hawaii Detention Center pending investigation.

Area II Juvenile Aid Section Detectives were contacted to continue this investigation.

Reilly remains in police custody pending his initial hearing scheduled for Friday, May 24, in Kona District Court.

Police ask that anyone who may have information relative to the investigation contact Detective Sharlotte Bird at (808) 326-4646, ext. 278, or via email at

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