Pahoa man facing additional charges


Big Island police have filed additional charges against a 22-year-old Pahoa man who is being featured this month on "Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted."

On Thursday, police arrested Airiel Rhodes Jost on bench warrants for violating terms and conditions of his probation, according to the Hawaii County Police Department.

 

Police allege Jost was also a suspect in other crimes.

On Nov. 2, a 49-year-old man returned to his home on Uliana Drive in Pahoa and found an unknown man in his house, according to police. The stranger exited the house and threatened the victim with a knife before leaving.

On Nov. 8, a Mercedez Benz car was removed from the garage of a house on Kapoho Beach Road, according to police.

On Nov. 14, a Mazda Miata car was stolen from a home on Luana Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision and later crashed, according to police.

Police investigation reportedly linked all three incidents to Jost. Friday afternoon, detectivescharged him with first-degree burglary, first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and driving without a license. His bail was set at $57,000.

Jost is being featured this month on the cable access program "Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted," which was pre-recorded before his arrest. The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.