Puna man charged with gun incident


A Puna man has been charged with five offenses in connection with a gun incident early Monday morning in Puna, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Puna patrol officers responded a 2:24 a.m. call Monday to 28th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision, where it was reported an acquaintance had brandished a rifle and threatened to shoot a 50-year-old man after the two got into an argument in the victim’s home.

Police recovered the rifle at the scene and arrested the suspect, 29-year-old Peter Johnston-Riveira of Pahoa. He was taken to the Hilo police cell block while Area I Criminal Investigations Section detectives continued the investigation.

At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, detectives charged Johnston-Riveira with first-degree terroristic threatening and four firearms offenses.

His bail was set at $38,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance today, police said.