Puna Woman Arrested for Pointing Air Riffle at Passersby

Big Island police have initiated a terroristic threatening case in connection with reports of a woman with a gun Wednesday afternoon (February 22) in Puna.

Around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a woman pointing a rifle at passersby near the end of Highway 130 in Kalapana. Officers located and arrested 34-year-old Welo Kuuipo Dela Cruz of Kalapana without incident and recovered the weapon, which was determined to be an air rifle.

Dela Cruz was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. After conferring with prosecutors, detectives released Dela Cruz later that night pending further investigation.

-HPD

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