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Man arrested for allegedly setting friend on fire had past anger problem

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 10:49 p.m. HST, May 08, 2014

The 44-year-old Kane-ohe man who allegedly set his gasoline-soaked drinking buddy on fire Wednesday has a history of anger management problems and violence, according to court rec-ords.

In 2010 Joel Lonzaga violated a temporary restraining order filed by an ex-girlfriend who said he used a large rock to smash her car windshield, broke her car's side mirrors, destroyed her laptop computer and kicked and punched in her front screen door, yelling to get into her house, according to protective orders filed in court.

"Every once in a while, he has a short fuse with his son or a neighbor," said Richard Richardson, who lives across the road from him. "I'm surprised he did that. He had no signs of being mentally ill."

On Wednesday, Lonzaga and his friend started drinking beer early in the day in the carport-turned-patio of his mother's house, where he lives, neighbors said. Police said Lonzaga allegedly dumped the contents of a plastic gasoline can on the other man's head.

Police said Lonzaga  set the man on fire with a lighter.

Police arrested Lonzaga on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder along with two felony drug offenses. Lonzaga remained at the main police station cellblock Thursday night and had not been charged as of 9 p.m.

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markat wrote:
If that's how he treats his friends, I wonder what he does to his enemies.
on May 8,2014 | 07:08AM
2_centz wrote:
friends and family are different relationships where lines are crossed many time with humans beings. this incident sounds like one of them. If the victim was burned as he was, the victim was the perpetrator since he didn't think he was going to be hurt and stayed to get his way with the so called perpetrator. Police can't and won't intervene in human relationships since it is a judgement we all have to make each time we speak to and associate with anyone.
on May 8,2014 | 08:24AM
SueH wrote:
"If the victim was burned as he was, the victim was the perpetrator"......WHAAAAT?? His "friend" who had been drinking pours gasoline on the victim and lights it, and you say it's the VICTIM'S fault? You are indeed an idiot.
on May 8,2014 | 10:36AM
SueH wrote:
To quote you, "Police can't and won't intervene in human relationships....." Ever heard of arrests for domestic violence or abuse of a household member. Who do you think intervenes and makes the arrests, the Tooth Fairy???
on May 8,2014 | 10:46AM
Mei mei wrote:
your thinking is what is wrong with our society ...
on May 8,2014 | 04:00PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
2_centz, you make no centz.
on May 8,2014 | 11:36AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
2_centz, your senseless rant is illogical.
on May 8,2014 | 02:02PM
poipoo wrote:
on May 8,2014 | 07:19PM
joseph007 wrote:
Not been charged. Typical of the HPD and prosecutors office. Too lazy to care.
on May 8,2014 | 08:27AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
joseph, you're trolling.
on May 8,2014 | 02:03PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.
on May 8,2014 | 09:30AM
paniolo wrote:
What happened to just fist fight like way back when? At least charge with only assault, not attempted murder.
on May 8,2014 | 10:23AM
iwanaknow wrote:
"Officer, I don't know what I was thinking............maybe I had a chemical imbalance that clouded my judgement?".
on May 8,2014 | 10:30AM
kailua000 wrote:
and we're in Hawaii. he'll be released on bail, in 5 years he'll go to trial then get off
on May 8,2014 | 11:17AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
kailua000 makes no sense.
on May 8,2014 | 02:04PM
HD36 wrote:
He's saying the judicial system in Hawaii sucks.
on May 8,2014 | 04:32PM
Ripoff wrote:
meth heads...smh
on May 8,2014 | 12:21PM
Bully wrote:
Come over we can smoke some ice and then I can set you on fire. Friends forever.
on May 8,2014 | 01:28PM
gobows wrote:
can I have some of that beer they were drink?.....wow! crazy stuff. the WILD travels to the windward side.
on May 8,2014 | 01:41PM
mw808 wrote:
If he lives, he will eventually own that house
on May 8,2014 | 01:57PM
gobows wrote:
Police arrested a 44-year-old Kaneohe man on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly lighting his friend on fire after dousing him with gasoline during an argument Wednesday evening. We can say, FORMER friend......
on May 8,2014 | 03:08PM
kekelaward wrote:
I sure hope the victim doesn't die. I'm sure they'll classify it as a smoking related death.
on May 8,2014 | 03:38PM
HD36 wrote:
Who does he think he is, a Mexican Cartel king pin?
on May 8,2014 | 04:33PM
poipoo wrote:
hellfire, dude. With friends like him, who da heck needs enemies?
on May 8,2014 | 07:17PM
whs1966 wrote:
Here's a good cut and paste text: "The two guys was drinking, and..."
on May 8,2014 | 07:26PM
samidunn wrote:
What's with people on ice and fire?
on May 8,2014 | 08:05PM
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