Man facing domestic violence charges


A 45-year-old Puna man is facing multiple charges stemming from a reported domestic dispute Sunday in Pahoa.

Peter Lopes of Pahoa was charged Tuesday evening with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and second-degree terroristic threatening, according to the Hawaii Police Department. His bail was set at $37,000.

Lopes was also arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson and promoting a detrimental drug, however, prosecutors declined to charge him pending additional follow-up investigation, according to police.

The charges stem from an 8 p.m. Sunday police and fire department response to a structure fire at a Hawaiian Beaches home, according to police. Upon arrival, they discovered a house engulfed in flames.

Police determined the occupants, a 41-year-old Pahoa woman and Lopes, had exited the home prior to the fire and were not injured, according to police. Investigation revealed Lopes had allegedly threatened to set the house on fire.

Police found Lopes at a nearby home with a head injury unrelated to the structure fire. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment and arrested after being discharged, according to police.

Police continue to ask anyone with information on the case or who may have witnessed the incident contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us. Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.