December 14, 2010 – KEALAKEHE, Hawaii
A 21 year old Ho’okena man has been arrested in connection to a school lockdown in Kona today.
The Hawaii County Police Department says Kealakehe High School was on lockdown on Tuesday, after an intruder allegedly brandished a knife and was restrained by a campus security guard.
Police arrested Justin Matias of Ho’okena on suspicion of trespassing, terroristic threatening, promoting a detrimental drug, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Kona police officers responded to a 9:16 report of a trespasser on campus. “Upon arrival,” the department writes in a media release, “police learned that the intruder had displayed a knife when contacted by a school security guard for being on campus without permission. The school security guard restrained the suspect until police arrived.”
Matias was taken to Kona Community Hospital after complaining of pain to his back and a minor laceration to his ear from the struggle with the security guard.
Police say the school was put on lockdown “as a precaution for the safety of the students”.
Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.