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Puna Man Charged with Felonies Relating to Domestic Incident

by Thunda

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 Monday afternoon, February 26, 2024.
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, February 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 Thursday afternoon, February 29, in Hilo District Court.  

Hawai‘i Island police would like to remind 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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