Father, son charged after Big Island police officer is assaulted

Christopher & Gordon Gonsalves

Hawaii Island police have charged a Puna man and his son in connection with what started as a case of domestic abuse in Pahoa.

Police say when patrol officers responded to the incident on Saturday, August 10 48-year-old Christopher Thomas Gonsalves of Pahoa, struck and threatened an officer and then left the scene.

Gonsalves was located and arrested Sunday and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives investigated.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gonsalves was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, assaulting a police officer and abuse of a family/household member.

His bail was set at $22,000.

Big Island detectives also arrested 21-year-old Gordon A.E. Gonsalves of Pāhoa Tuesday morning and charged him with second-degree hindering prosecution for using force against an officer to allow his father to get away.

His bail was set at $500.

Police say both men are being held at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.

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