Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen announced that a Kona man, 24 year-old Bronson Derouin-Loando was charged in relation to a November 19th domestic incident in Kona.
As the Complaint alleges, Derouin-Loando was charged with seven (7) offenses including Felony Abuse of a Family or Household Member (causing bodily injury by impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood by blocking the nose and mouth), Attempted Felony Abuse of a Family or Household Member (causing bodily injury by impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure to the chest), Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree (knowingly restrained another person under circumstances which exposed them to the risk of serious bodily injury), and four (4) counts of misdemeanor Abuse of a Family or Household Member (physical abuse). At the time of his arrest, Derouin-Loando was also arrested for an outstanding warrant for a non-appearance in an unrelated district court matter.
Derouin-Loando will make his initial appearance today in Kona District Court. He remains in custody in lieu of $19,300.00 bail on all matters.
The investigation was handled by Officer Elijah Won, Kona Patrol, Hawai‘i Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Annaliese Wolf.
The charges are merely allegations, and the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please go to a safe place and call a trusted friend or relative for support. If you choose, you can call 911 to report the abuse to the police. The Child and Family Service 24-Hour Abuse Hotline has advocates available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support and advocacy and can be reached at (808) 322-7233 in West Hawai’i and (808) 959-8864 in East Hawai’i.
The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney remains dedicated to the pursuit of justice with integrity and commitment. Anyone having information to assist local law enforcement should call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.