A 22-year-old Puna man who was charged with robbery earlier this week has been arrested again on unrelated charges of violence within 48 hours after “bonding out” on the robbery offense.

Gary Simpkins of Hawaiian Beaches was being sought on a robbery charge when he turned himself in to police on Monday (September 26). He was charged with the felony the following day with bail set at $5,000. After posting bond later that day, he was released from police custody.

At 8:50 p.m. Thursday (September 29), Simpkins was arrested for terroristic threatening, criminal property damage and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle after he allegedly used a bat to smash four windows on a vehicle occupied by a 21-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision of Puna. He was later charged, and bail was set at $12,000.

He remains in custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday (September 30).


-September 27, 2016

A Puna man has been charged with robbery in connection with a confrontation September 20 in Pāhoa.

A 19-year-old Pāhoa man reported that he had been waiting for a ride at the southern intersection of Highway 130 and Pāhoa Village Road when a car with two male occupants approached him. One of them assaulted the victim and took his skateboard and beanie cap.

Investigation led to the identity of the suspects as a 16-year-old boy and 22-year-old Gary A. Simpkins of Pāhoa. Simpkins turned himself in to police Monday afternoon (September 26) and was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At noon Tuesday (September 27), detectives charged him with second-degree robbery. His bail was set at $5,000. He remains in the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (September 28).

The investigation against the juvenile will be sent to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for a charging decision.