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Dozens of fugitives rounded up in multi-day sting on Big Island

Authorities arrest dozens in Kona Authorities arrest dozens in Kona
KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A multi-day sting on the Big Island netted 25 fugitives wanted for violent crimes.

Hawaii County Police, U.S. Marshals and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives started the sting Monday morning, and were met with resistance at the first house they hit.

Authorities said Gus Lumwon, 44, was shot with a Taser during the raid. He has more than 70 prior arrests and six felony convictions.

He was taken in this time for violating probation. After he was tased, he appeared cooperative, even laughing with law enforcement as they pulled Taser prongs out of his back.

Three other people there were also arrested: Roxanne Akuna on robbery charges, William Hobron-Kealoha, also for robbery charges, and another man they found who had bench warrants.

From Monday to Thursday, the group hit dozens of homes on the Big Island, mostly on the Kona side.

"These 25 people (have had) 459 incidents with the criminal justice system," says Gervin Miyamoto, the U.S. Marshal for the District of Hawaii.

And Miyamoto points out, the crimes are not minor incidents either.

"Violent criminals, sexual offenders, drug dealers, crimes of violence -- all those types of cases are people we need to take off the streets," he said.

The 25 have a combined bail of almost $700,000, but Lumwon is being held without bail.

Law enforcement says they also recovered drugs, which could result in additional charges.

The concentrated sweep was something Hawaii County Police requested and the federal agencies agreed to help with resources. More sweeps could follow statewide.

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