Suspect arrested in arson case at Kilauea church

KAPA'A, Kauai (HawaiiNewsNow) – Authorities from the Hawaii Police Department have arrested a man in connection with a fire they say was intentionally set late Saturday evening at the Christ Memorial Church in Kilauea.

Henry Garvey, a fifty year old homeless man believed to have been living in the area, was detained at the scene of the fire and initially arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Upon further questioning at the police station, Garvey reportedly admitted to starting the fire and was subsequently arrested for third degree Arson. Damage to the church is estimated to be around $1,500.

At just after 10 p.m. on April 7, Garvey is believed to have called Police Dispatch to report a fire at the church located on Kolo Road. Officer Rivera of the Hawaii Police Department was first on the scene, and was able to extinguish the blaze before fire fighters arrived.

According to officials, Rivera then located Garvey, who appeared to be intoxicated.  Police say Garvey became belligerent and uncooperative, and "continued to interfere with the investigation despite several verbal commands to cease his actions." At this point, he was placed under arrest.

Garvey posted his $1,000 bail and is awaiting trial.

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