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Mental fitness exam ordered for suspect in Kona robbery

February 17, 2017 - 9:00am
This story has been updated to reflect that Circuit Court Judge Melvin Fujino presided over the hearing. Court records contained incorrect information that was used in the original version posted. It is the policy of West Hawaii Today to correct promptly any incorrect or misleading information when it is brought to the attention of the newspaper.

KAILUA-KONA — Court proceedings in the case of a Kailua-Kona man charged with robbery and other offenses were suspended Wednesday after a judge granted a motion for a mental fitness exam.

Kona Circuit Court Judge Melvin Fujino ordered Joshua Ryan Koenig to be examined by a panel of three doctors after his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Ann Datta, filed a motion last week on his behalf.

The motion noted that Koenig has been diagnosed bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, manic depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder and “he may not have been on his prescribed medication at the time of the alleged offense.”

The state did not oppose Datta’s motion for the exam.

Masunaga ordered the doctors to complete their reports for review during Koenig’s next court hearing on April 20. For now, court proceedings are suspended. Jury trial had been slated for April 18.

Koenig, 32, remains in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail at Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

He was indicted by a Kona grand jury on Jan. 24, for first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, kidnapping and third-degree assault in connection with a robbery on Jan. 19 off Kahakai Road in Kailua-Kona. He pleaded not guilty to the four counts during an arraignment and plea hearing on Jan. 26.

The charges stem from a 1:40 a.m. report on Jan. 19 in which officers were dispatched to a second-floor apartment in Hale Kona Kai. There, a 62-year-old woman reported that she woke up to find an unknown man in her apartment asking for money. When she tried to get away, Koenig allegedly shoved her to the floor and restrained her, then left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Kidnapping is a class A felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail without the possibility of probation or suspended sentence and a fine of up to $50,000. The robbery and burglary charges are each class B felonies that carry a maximum 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. Third-degree assault is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2,000.

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