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Man allegedly robs gamblers


Tribune-Herald staff writer

The father of a murder defendant held up at gunpoint a gambling game that he had earlier participated in, according to court documents filed by police.

Documents state that 44-year-old John E. Krause of Kurtistown was part of a card game at a 9th Avenue home in Hawaiian Paradise Park in the early morning hours of May 28. The home’s owner, Marlon Eugenio, reportedly told police that Krause left the home and came back later wearing a mask and dark clothing and brandishing what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun. Documents state that there were three other men and two women with Krause. All were reportedly wearing black clothing and black-and-white paintball masks and all were carrying guns.

Eugenio told police that he that he argued with Krause in the driveway and struck Krause in the head, documents state. Krause then reportedly told Eugenio, “You like fight, I going shoot you,” then hit Eugenio, in the arm with the butt of the firearm, causing pain and swelling. Krause is alleged to have then entered the house without permission through a garage door and demanded keys to a motor vehicle while pointing the weapon at Eugenio and his family. Eugenio reportedly told police he recognized Krause’s voice.

According to documents, another participant in the game, Jarret Kaneshiro, gave Krause the keys to his 1986 Toyota pickup truck. A witness, Brandon Parks, reportedly told police that Krause took off his mask after exiting the house and before driving away in Kaneshiro’s truck with the other suspects, which allowed Parks to identify Krause.

Documents state that Kaneshiro’s truck was later found on Volcano Highway (Route 11) near the 9-mile marker and returned to Kaneshiro.

Krause is the father of 20-year-old Kawena Krause and the uncle of 31-year-old Claude Keone Krause, who are charged with second-degree murder in the December shooting and strangulation slaying of 44-year-old Dante Peter Gilman, at Gilman’s Hawaiian Acres home. He’s charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, auto theft and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

At Krause’s initial court appearance on Friday, his court-appointed attorney, Francis Alcain, asked Hilo District Judge Barbara Takase to grant supervised release for his client, who has no prior felony convictions.

“He reports that he’s a commercial fisherman and supports himself in that manner,” Alcain said.

Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Caday asked the judge to maintain Krause’s $21,000 bail, stating that Krause has nine prior convictions for contempt of court. Caday also noted “the seriousness of the matter, which involves arriving at the victim’s house wearing masks, brandishing guns, an altercation with the victim in which he threatened to shoot and strike the victim, threatening the victim’s family and taking the victim’s car, your Honor.”

The judge maintained Krause’s bail and set a preliminary hearing for Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Krause, who was arrested on Wednesday and charged on Thursday, is the only suspect arrested and charged, so far, in connection with the home invasion, police Lt. Greg Esteban of the Hilo Criminal Investigations Section said Friday.

“Detectives are pursuing leads on the other remaining suspects,” Esteban said. Police have said that the suspects fled the house with “valuables” in addition to the truck, but have not specified what those valuables are.

The 35-year-old Kaneshiro, whose truck Krause is alleged to have stolen, was sentenced on July 5 in U.S. District Court in Honolulu to 11 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Kaneshiro, a convicted methamphetamine dealer, was on supervised release, the federal equivalent of probation, on June 19, 2010, when he was accidentally shot and critically wounded by a hunting companion while illegally hunting on land in Keaau owned by ML Macadamia Orchards.

First-degree robbery is a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. First-degree burglary is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Second-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening and auto theft are all Class C felonies carrying a possible five-year prison term.

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