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Puna man charged in standoff with police

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:09 a.m. HST, Apr 2, 2013

A 55-year-old Puna man made his initial appearance in a Hilo District Court Monday on first-degree terroristic threatening and several firearms charges after staging a seven-hour stand-off with police last week.

Jeffrey K. Cabantan of Eden Roc was charged Thursday with first-degree terroristic threatening and four firearms offenses. His bail was set at $104,000. 

Hawaii County police said Cabantan allegedly used a gun Tuesday to threaten people in a house on Ahi Avenue in Puna. The man refused to surrender to the officers, so the police department called in its Special Response Team tactical unit.

A 35-year-old relative managed to leave the house, police said. His wife, 55, was found unharmed in the house.

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