HILO, Hawaii: Two suspects allegedly involved in incidents in Hawaiian Paradise Park over the weekend appeared in a Hilo courtroom on Monday.
First, apparent friends and family of the 18-year-old Seferin Tilipou packed the courtroom, as the suspect in a brutal home invasion faced Judge Harry Freitas for the first time since his arrest early Sunday morning.
Tilipou is accused of breaking into the Hawaiian Paradise Park home of 69 year old Mary Davy, and attacking her with a pair of shears belonging to the victim.
Davy was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries. She has reportedly already returned home with her family.
Tilipou was found hiding in a nearby house – this house here, which is reportedly occupied by several members of his family – and was arrested and taken into custody.
Now, Tilipou is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault.
Tilipou did not speak during his court appearance. An interpreter had to sign the proceeding for him.
Tilipou bail has been set at $500,000.
Also in court:
18 year old Dustin M.K. AhChong, who is charged with kidnapping and six counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, for his alleged role in a late Friday incident, again at a home in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.
Police say that over a dispute over custody of an infant, AhChong allegedly pointed a hand gun and then a rifle at five victims and threatening to shoot them if the infant was not surrendered to him.
Both weapons were later recovered. They were determined to be an “air soft” pistol and a pellet rifle.
Though frightened, none of the victims sustained any physical injuries.
AhChong’s bail was maintained at $22,000. He will have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.