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Puna man charged with nine offenses in aftermath of argument

One of two Puna men arrested for discharging a firearm in a residential area of Hawaiian Beaches has been charged with nine offenses. 

According to Hawaii County police, Peter Lopes Jr., 45, allegedly assaulted a 42-year-old woman on Wednesday during an argument in Hawaiian Paradise Park. His vehicle allegedly collided with another vehicle while leaving the scene and, after returning home to Hawaiian Beaches, Lopes discharged a firearm.

Officers searched Lopes’ home on Thursday and recovered two firearms with ammunition. It is illegal for Lopes to possess weapons or ammunition because he is a convicted felon.

Lopes was charged today with first-degree reckless endangering, abuse of a family or household member, leaving the scene of an accident, and six firearms-related offenses. His aggregate bail was set at $123,000.

 Lopes’ initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday. The other man arrested was released pending further investigation.

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