Suspect caught, lockdown lifted at four Big Island schools

WAIMEA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - After two-and-a-half tense hours, a lockdown at four schools on the Big Island Monday has been lifted.

According to police, the following schools are no longer under lockdown:

  • Waimea Elementary School
  • Waimea Public Conversion Charter School
  • Honokaa High and Intermediate School
  • Honokaa Elementary School

No other schools were impacted, and students and teachers were never in danger, police say.

The lockdown was triggered before 11 a.m. when a threat was reported by someone not connected with the schools. That person described receiving a threat against the schools through a text message or email, Hamakua Police Capt. Richard Miyamoto told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Miyamoto says police passed the information along to the schools as a courtesy, and the schools decided to initiate lockdowns.

Police arrested a 23-year-old Kona man in connection with the school threats.

Lyle Kawika Pascubillo of Kailua-Kona is being held at the Kona police cellblock on suspicion of three terroristic threat offenses.

Hamakua patrol officers received a complaint from the victim, a 25-year-old Honokaʻa female, who reported receiving numerous threatening telephone calls and text messages from an unknown source. Text messages received by the victim made reference to the threat of violent actions taking place at Honokaʻa School and Waimea Elementary School.

Police contacted officials at the two schools and notified them of the reports received. As a precaution, officials at both of the schools placed the campuses in lock down.

Investigation revealed that the suspect was calling from a residence in Kailua-Kona where Kona patrol officers contacted and arrested him. School officials were notified of the arrest of the suspect.

Pascubillo remains in police custody while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

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