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Alleged village shooter makes court appearance

April 9, 2014 - 12:05am

A Kailua-Kona man charged with recklessly discharging a firearm in Kailua Village on Saturday made his initial court appearance Tuesday.

Raymond Lee Robinson, 39, was arraigned in District Court on 10 offenses connected with the noontime incident, when he fired numerous shots into the air in the parking lot of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel and earlier, at his residence at the Lokahi Apartments on Kakahiaka Street, according to the Hawaii Police Department. The hotel and apartment were identified in a complaint on file at the court.

Robinson, who was dressed in sandals, shorts and a white T-Shirt, entered the courtroom carrying a cane and stood quietly as Judge Diana Van De Car declined public defender Peter Bresciani’s request to reduce bail to $10,000. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday. A bail study will also be conducted, Van De Car said.

Robinson’s bail is set at $123,000. Police responding to the 12:03 p.m. report of shots fired found Robinson seated in a rental car in the resort parking lot, according a police department press release. When officers approached, Robinson allegedly made verbal threats against the officers and fired shots into the air. Robinson was arrested and transported to the Kona cellblock. Police acting on a search warrant found two handguns, a rifle and ammunition in the car and a handgun and ammunition in the apartment, the press release said. No one was injured in the shootings.

Robinson, who was not licensed to carry a handgun, was in possession of a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver, a Rossi USA .357 revolver and a .30-30 Winchester rifle, according to the complaint.

He is charged with first degree terroristic threatening, first degree reckless endangering, second degree reckless endangering, reckless driving and five charges related to firearms. A charge of criminal property damage stems from gunshot damage inside the apartment, where police recovered a handgun and ammunition. No damage was reported from the shots fired downtown.