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Hawaii island man to appear in court on gunpoint robbery charges

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:14 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2013

A 44-year-old Puna man was scheduled to appear in state court Friday on charges he robbed four people at gunpoint four at a Hawaiian Paradise Park home.

Hawaii County police arrested John Krause of Kurtistown on Wednesday, and he was charged Thursday with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $21,000.

Krause is allegedly one of several suspects who approached a home May 28 brandishing handguns.

Police said a 36-year-old man was struck on the arm with the butt of a firearm and injured. The suspects then allegedly entered the house, and held four occupants at gunpoint, demanding valuables and fled in a vehicle with the valuables.

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Anonymous wrote:
No comment on this particular case, except that in making me wonder if drugs are somehow connected, I keep thinking how "nice" drug users who are never in trouble with the law are a very big part of why the island attracts so many questionable new residents. If the U.S. appetite for drugs continues this way, we're going to Mexify ourselves. Goodbye peace and safety.
on July 12,2013 | 08:01AM
gtracer66 wrote:
Here is another argument for law abiding citizens being able to defend themselves. But it's not going to happen here. Statistics show that communities with more liberal firearms laws have lower rates of violent crime. Criminals are like predators everywhere, they prey on the weak and defenseless. They prefer not to get injured in the commission of a crime. So they know when the victim is unarmed, they have a free pass. When they think the potential victim may be armed, they usually look elsewhere. We need the state to actually issue concealed carry permits. I've hear that in the past 10 years, only 6 have been issued state wide. That equates to a d-facto denial of our constitutional rights.
on July 12,2013 | 09:34AM
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