By JOHN BURNETT
Tribune-Herald staff writer
Police seized a 30-30 caliber rifle and a 9-millimeter pistol from a 45-year-old Pahoa man accused of illegally discharging a firearm in a residential neighborhood, according to court documents.
Peter Lopes Jr., who’s charged with first-degree reckless endangering, domestic abuse leaving the scene of an accident and six firearms violations made his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Hilo District Court.
Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Ng asked Freitas to reduce Lopes’ bail from $123,000 to $50,000, while Deputy Prosecutor Greg Gimenez argued that bail should be maintained “due to the severity of the charges, as well as the priors.”
“He’s got eight felonies pending,” Gimenez said.
The judge maintained bail for Lopes, who has four prior felony convictions, according to court records, and set a preliminary hearing for Tuesday. The Tribune-Herald was unable to find out the results of that hearing by press time.
Documents state that Lopes 42-year-old girlfriend told police that he punched her in the mouth during a domestic dispute early Wednesday evening in Hawaiian Paradise Park. The woman reportedly suffered pain, swelling and a small laceration, and told officers that Lopes had been drinking.
Lopes then allegedly drove off, rear-ended another car on Kaloli Drive and fled the scene towards Pahoa. Documents state that Lopes told police that he was intoxicated and admitted to the hit-and-run.
Then, shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a report of multiple gunshots fired on Nenue Street in Hawaiian Beaches. No one was injured.
Police arrested Lopes and his 63-year-old father, Peter Lopes Sr. The elder Lopes, who lives at the Nenue Street home, was later released from custody pending further investigation.
Officers conducted a search warrant on the home Thursday and recovered the rifle and the handgun, plus ammunition. Court documents indicate that the pistol, a Taurus semi-automatic, is unregistered.
As a convicted felon, Lopes cannot legally own or possess firearms or ammo. The most serious charges he faces are Class B felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
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