Kona man charged for alleged school threats


A Kona man whose threatening text messages prompted several North Hawaii schools to lock down their campuses on Monday has been charged.

Lyle Kawika Pascubillo, 23, was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $4,000. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance.

On Monday morning, Hamakua patrol officers received a complaint from the victim, a 25-year-old Honokaa female, who reported receiving numerous threatening telephone calls and text messages from an unknown source.

Text messages received by the victim made reference to the threat of violent actions taking place at schools in Honokaa and Waimea.

Police contacted officials at the two schools and notified them of the reports received. As a precaution, officials at four North Hawaii schools placed the campuses in lock down.

Investigation revealed that the suspect was calling from a residence in Kailua-Kona where Kona patrol officers contacted and arrested him.

School officials were notified of the arrest of the suspect.

 

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