Police arrest Hilo man for threats against Kamehameha Schools

Jeremy Costa
Jeremy Costa

HILO, Big Island (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hilo police arrested and charged a Hilo man who allegedly referred to the Virginia-Tech shooting, while threatening to attack security staff at the Kamehameha Schools Keaau campus.

Police say 18 year old Jeremy Costa also posted threatening messages on a social networking site Monday night.

It reportedly urged readers to have their cameras ready. Police arrested Costa Tuesday morning

Costa is charged with first degree terroristic threatening and remains in police custody in lieu of 100-thousand dollars bail.

His preliminary hearing was set for Thursday Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

Late Wednesday afternoon Kamehameha Schools released this statement:

"We are very concerned by the recent events on Hawai'i Campus, and we want to reassure our parents, students, faculty, staff and the public that appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety and security of everyone on campus. While it is still unclear as to why Jeremy resorted to threatening statements on Facebook, trespassing onto campus and verbal and physical violence, campus security did the right thing by contacting the Hawai'i Police Department. Our faculty, staff and administration remain vigilant and aware of the campus security situation, and we are prepared to take further action as warranted."

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