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Puna man facing assault charge


A Puna man is facing a felony assault charge after his neighbor was reportedly hospitalized with “substantial injuries” to his face and body early Monday.

Kiel Brende, 28, of Waa Waa, was charged Monday afternoon with second-degree assault, according to the Hawaii County Police Department. Second-degree assault is a class C felony, according to Hawaii Revised Statutes.

At 2:49 a.m. Monday, Puna patrol officers responded to Hilo Medical Center where a 47-year-old man was being treated for injuries reportedly inflicted upon him by his neighbor at the victim’s home on Pakala Road shortly before midnight, according to police.

Brende was arrested at 8:50 a.m. that day and charged with second-degree assault at 3:30 p.m., according to police. His bail was set at $10,000.