Mountain View man charged for firearms and drug offenses

  • Joshua Rylan Wamar De Ponte

Hawaii Island police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Mountain View man with an array of firearms and drug offenses stemming from an incident that occurred Friday morning at a residence in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

The Hawaii Police Department suspect is identified as Joshua Rylan Wamar De Ponte.

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Shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, Puna patrol officers responded to a residence on 31st Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park after Joshua Rylan Wamar De Ponte called police and reported that he had been threatened by two males, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Upon making contact with Wamar De Ponte on the roadway fronting the residence, officers observed a modified shotgun on the floor within his vehicle. He was placed under arrest for a firearm violation and the vehicle was recovered pending execution of a search warrant.

During the course of the investigation, officers contacted a female at the residence who reported that she and Wamar De Ponte had previously been in a relationship. She reported that he had come to the residence this morning and threatened her and others within the house with a rifle.

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Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. The search of the vehicle yielded a modified (sawed off) shotgun, which had previously been reported stolen; as well as 3.95 grams methamphetamine, and miscellaneous prescription pills.

Wamar de ponte was subsequently charged with place to keep firearm, ownership prohibited, possession of prohibited weapons, registration firearm mandatory, permit to acquire, first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, and fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug. Bail was set at $106,000.

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