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$37,000 bail in gun, threatening case

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Bail was increased to $37,000 for a Molokai man, who was arrested for allegedly threatening his former girlfriend Tuesday morning.

Johnathan Koko Kong, 25, of Maunaloa was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, keeping a loaded firearm in an improper place, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree terroristic threatening.

During Koko Kong’s initial appearance Thursday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas asked that the defendant’s bail be increased to $42,000.

He said Koko Kong allegedly entered his former girlfriend’s house multiple times.

“It appears he may have at the very least harassed her, head-butted her, and made some threatening statements, all the while having a firearm in his vehicle,” Temas said.

He said police reported that Koko Kong, a felon, was in possession of a rifle and ammunition.

“We’re concerned about this behavior,” Temas said. “We believe possibly drugs and alcohol were involved.”

Koko Kong asked to be released on supervision.

He is doing well on probation in a felony abuse case, said Deputy Public Defender Mariana Lowy-Gerstmar. “He’s been checking in with probation,” she said. “He just wants to go back to Molokai.”

In setting bail at $37,000, Judge Douglas Sameshima ordered Koko Kong to have no contact with the victim and to stay away from the apartment complex where she lives in Maunaloa.

He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.