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Kamehameha Schools suspect held in threats against police

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:02 a.m. HST, Jan 7, 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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