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Doctor arrested in murder-for-hire case

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    Island Medical Care, the office of Dr. Dennis Ayon, is located at 410 Kilani Ave. in Wahiawa. Ayon was arrested for soliciting a patient to kill his ex-girlfriend.
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The target of a Wahiawa doctor’s alleged murder plot has a 10-year protective order against him, according to court documents.

Police said Dennis I. Ayon asked a patient to kill his 44-year-old ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his 4-year-old son. Ayon allegedly told his patient that he is going through financial difficulty and wanted the woman dead.

He offered to pay the patient if he killed her, police said.

Instead, the patient went to the woman and warned her of the physician’s intentions, police said. The woman then reported to police what the patient told her.

Officers arrested 48-year-old Ayon in Wahiawa on Monday afternoon on suspicion of criminal solicitation to commit murder and violation of a temporary restraining order.

He has been a licensed physician in Hawaii since 1998.

Employees of nearby businesses said Ayon had not consistently shown up at his 410 Kilani Ave. office in the last couple of months.

Tracy Martinez, 20, a receptionist at an accounting firm on the second floor of the same building, said, "Seeing that it’s in our building, it’s kind of scary.

"He was just creepy," she said, adding "he tried to hit on me."

Police and a neighbor confirmed Ayon lives in the Alewa Heights area.

Ed Thompson, a neighbor on Aupuni Street, said they have complained to police about Ayon’s reckless behavior and loud arguing and noise late at night and early into the morning.

"He shoots his bow and arrow in his front yard at all hours of the night," Thompson said, adding arrows have been found in other people’s yards.

"We watch out for the kids," he said.

Ayon began renting a house next door in February, Thompson said. He allegedly came onto the Thompsons’ property, rummaging through the bushes, to shoot a rooster with his bow and arrow. Ayon also allegedly threatened Thompson’s son, who had gone outside to check on his grandmother who had asked Ayon not to come onto their property, Thompson said.

That’s when they called police and filed a report.

State criminal data records show Ayon has one conviction for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant earlier this year.

Court records show he was convicted in 2002 of three counts of third-degree assault against a woman but received approval to wipe the convictions from his record if he stayed out of trouble for a year.

Three women had temporary restraining orders against Ayon since 2001 — the assault victim in 2002, Ayon’s former wife, and the target in the murder scheme. All three needed translators to help them in court, court records show.

In 2008, Ayon and his wife at the time agreed to protective orders against each other for 10 years. Ayon divorced his wife a few months later and paid her $15,000 alimony.

In 2007, a judge ordered Ayon to stay away from the mother of his son for 10 years to prevent domestic abuse or recurrence of abuse.

Ayon allegedly abused, harassed and threatened the woman in the murder plot in 2009, court documents show. That criminal case has been delayed repeatedly this year and Ayon was scheduled to appear in court next month.

Ayon’s lawyer could not be reached yesterday.

 

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