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Kamehameha Schools suspect held in threats against police

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:02 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2012

HILO » The former student charged with making threats against security staff at the Hawaii island campus of Kamehameha Schools has been charged with making threats against police.

Jeremy Costa, 18, of Hilo was first arrested in October, accused of posting threats on Facebook against Kamehameha security that included references to the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting rampage and the statement that "rent-a-cops must die."

A Kamehameha Schools spokesman said Costa had been expelled in August.

His bail was reduced from $100,000 to $10,000, which he posted, and he was released from Hawaii Community Correctional Center in November.

On Friday he was arrested and charged with harassment, first- and second-degree terroristic threatening and attempted criminal property damage. Police said Costa was involved in a confrontation with an off-duty police officer at a home under construction near where the teenager lives. The officer owns the property.

Police said Costa challenged the officer to a fight, threw a rock at his vehicle and threatened his life. While being transported to the Hilo Police Station, he continued to threaten other officers and threatened to blow up the police station, authorities said.

On Tuesday he was arrested and charged with abuse of a household or family member, said Maj. Sam Thomas. No further details were available on that arrest.

Costa was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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copperwire9 wrote:
This is a deeply disturbed young man. Thank goodness he hasn't done something severely violent yet. . . . .I suspect he's subconsciously made these very serious threats as a cry for help he doesn't even know he's made. This boy/man is in terrible trouble, and he has a terribly troubled heart. . . . . If you pray, pray for him while there's still time.
on January 7,2012 | 09:24AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Until he gets professional help, he needs to stay in jail. He is indeed deeply disturbed and I'm afraid someone like this out in the public will explode with the slightest provocation. Kinda reminds me a few years back in Maui where there was a basketball player with similar anger issues. He was caught on camera physically abusing an opposing team's player and then at the end of the game, he attacked the referee. I wonder what happened to him.
on January 7,2012 | 09:04PM
Grimbold wrote:
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on January 7,2012 | 10:02AM
tiki886 wrote:
Let's start with 'waterboarding'.
on January 7,2012 | 08:43PM
EFA wrote:
A bad seed.
on January 7,2012 | 10:35AM
Waterman2 wrote:
on January 7,2012 | 10:42AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
It seems that this troubled youth did NOT get ANY help the first time around. He had a troubled mind then and still has a troubled mine now and NO ONE to help. Especially the Hawaiian community and more especially Kam schools that threw him under the bus at the first sign of mental illness. They have NOT read the parable of the lost sheep. Pity. To further exacerbate life, as if it was NOT hard enough, the LAW gets into a social network and make crimes of it. This ALL started from a Facebook rant on Kam School. There "might" not have been anything further if the Police did NOT get involved on the Internet. This mistake contributed to escalate into this latest episode. Kam School should take the first blame for notifying the Police about Facebook. then the Police's foray into the Internet where freedom of speech should reign. Another Pity.
on January 7,2012 | 10:47AM
Anonymous wrote:
So Kamehameha Schools released him because of mental illness? I didn't know that. What's your source?
on January 7,2012 | 11:28AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
If he is stupid enough to post a violent rant on FB then he deserves to be arrested. History has shown people who rant on a public forum have been known to follow thru with their threats. If police ignored these threats and he carried them out they would be negligent. The kid needs help no matter how you look at it.
on January 7,2012 | 01:59PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Copper and Grim...... Both right, this kid needs help, real help, not a slap on the pinky. Get him out of his environment...away from the things that he knows and into controlled situation.......to those who love him I would like to suggest they look into "U Turn for Christ" in Costa Mesa , California. The truth is that prayer and "brainwashing" do not have to be mutually exclusive. A new way of looking at life, a bigger picture, so to say, may be he can yet be saved.
on January 7,2012 | 10:51AM
Vivgie wrote:
Eh brah! Give him to me. Just bought a new 11" black leather slapper from Amazon. I gotta break em in. Just need an hour, and I'll cure him permanently.
on January 7,2012 | 11:42AM
Synikal1 wrote:
i like your thinking =). sounds good to me.
on January 7,2012 | 02:16PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
on January 7,2012 | 04:14PM
tiki886 wrote:
I prefer 'waterboarding'. It doesn't leave marks.
on January 7,2012 | 08:49PM
Opelu wrote:
Unfortunate that FB posts would result in release from KS, must of been pretty bad stuff posted - You wonder how KS tracks post amongst the number of students on FB and others have been dismissed ?
on January 7,2012 | 03:50PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Brother thinks he's BAD... some time in Halawa and he'll realize he ain't all that bad.
on January 7,2012 | 04:14PM
W_Williams wrote:
This boy needs help badly.
on January 7,2012 | 04:20PM
akuman808 wrote:
This guy obviously hates authority(get him into Marine boot camp), has a lot of hate and needs to vent (send him to the front line in Afghanistan after boot camp). I doubt if he will make it pass boot camp, tough guy, don't think so.
on January 7,2012 | 05:26PM
tiki886 wrote:
The military won't help. The first chance he gets when they give him a weapon is to use it on his superiors.
on January 7,2012 | 09:04PM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
Lock him in a cage like the animal he is and throw the key. It's too late to save him.
on January 8,2012 | 06:54AM
sohappy2beme wrote:
Why did they ever lower his bail? He needs to remain incarcerated. He is a threat to both himself and to society. If he cannot be held indefinitely because his family insists on posting even a higher bail, then perhaps he needs an involuntary hold for a mental health evaluation--him being out can end up really bad...think Toby Stengel or Columbine.
on January 9,2012 | 07:50AM
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