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Two charged in HPP home invasion robbery

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Dustin Jose

Dustin Jose

Hawaii Island police are investigating a home invasion robbery Friday night (July 12) in Puna.

In response to a 9:37 p.m. call, Puna Patrol officers learned that three masked men had encountered a male resident outside a home on 30th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

One man reportedly assaulted the resident and another man reportedly entered the house and assaulted a woman trying to protect a child.

As the woman fought back, the masked men grabbed a purse and a backpack and fled in a pickup truck.

Responding officers located a truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and arrested 31-year-old Dustin J. Jose of Kailua-Kona and 31-year-old Jack A. Vaughn of Kailua-Kona.

They were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Jack Vaughn

Jack Vaughn

At 9:05 p.m. Saturday (July 13), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Jose with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

They charged Vaughn with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and two counts of third-degree assault.

The men remained at the cellblock until their initial court appearance Monday.

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