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Puna Information Update for May 27th, 2021

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) has charged a 30-year-old Puna man in connection with a weapons incident in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Puna on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021.

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team


Hawaiʻi Police Department

Lieutenant Sandor Finkey

Area I Juvenile Aid Section

Phone: (808) 961-2254

Report No.: 21-041829

Police have charged a 30-year-old Puna man with felony assault stemming from an incident in Puna.

On Wednesday (May 25, 2021) at 4:35 p.m., Puna police responded to a report of an injured male at a business in Pahoa.

Officers contacted a 62-year-old male who had multiple lacerations to his arms, hands, and head.

The male reported that his son, who he identified as Jason Wayne Benkosky, had attacked him with a machete and was at his residence located in the Hawaiian Paradise Park Subdivision.

The injured male was transported to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment of his injuries which were classified as serious bodily injury.

Officers responded to the residence where they located and arrested Benkosky without incident. He was held at the police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section continued their investigation.

On May 27, 2021, after conferral with prosecutors, detectives charged Jason Wayne Benkosky with First and Second Degree Assault.

His bail was set at $35,000 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 28, 2021.

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